University of Notre Dame


1874 Aug. 1
Rosecrens, S(ylvester) H.,Bishopof: Columbus, O(hio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Chio)

Father Serge de Stchouklepnikoff as put on board the train in good health and sound mind in Dresden at 11 P.M. for Columbus on May 1. His satchel was picked up at a switch on the city limits May 2, and sent by express to Holmes County. He has not been heard from since. He asks Purcell to correspond with Religious Houses to obtain information of him if he is alive. He had certain enemies and his friends think he was murdered, although the Columbus detective thinks he is not. He told a priest several months ago that he would like to abandon the world and retreat to some Benedictine Monastary. Rosecrans has written to Gethsemani, and to Milwaukee. He sends regards to Father Edward (Purcell) and the other priests.

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1874 Aug. 2
Reilly, James B.: Pottsville, (Pennsylvania)
 to James McClain:

He sends his brother-in-law to accompany McClain to Notre Dame. He will remit the fee in a short time.

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1874 Aug. 3
Franchi, Alex(ander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati,(Ohio)

In an audience Franchi had with the Holy Father on July 20 he showed the Holy Father Purcell's bank draft for 20,000 francs. The Holy Father in accepting the money asked him to send to Purcell his apostolic benediction not only for him but also for clergy and people alike of his flock, especially on those who made offerings for him. Franchi adds to this his own good wishes. John Semeoni signs as secretary. no. 4.

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1874 Aug. 3
Moran, W(illia)m B., and C.J. O'Flynn: Detroit, Mich(igan)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The Catholic union of Detroit esirous of furnishing a series of sound Catholic lectures during the autumn and winter requests him to deliver one of the lectures.

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(1874 Aug. 3)
Plicque, Leon William: Paris, France

Plicque acknowledges that he owes his mother $20,000 and also that his mother is to have equal rights to all that may be due to him as heir to his father. (Among the papers of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.)

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1878 Aug. 4
Benoit, J(ulien) Father,: Fort Wayne, Indiana
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He is in Fort Wayne again on his return home he was well received by the Catholics proving that Catholics sincerely love their spiritual guides. He thanks McMaster for the kindness bestowed upon him while he was in New York, and he asks McMaster to telegraph him the day Bishop Joseph Dwenger leaves New York.

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1874 Aug. 4
McCloskey, William, Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, (Kentucky)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

If he did not know how kind Purcell is towards those who are trying to do something for the good of religion, he would not send this letter to ask permission for the Sisters who present it, to ask assistance from their friends in Cincinnati. He vouches for their poverty and the good works they have been doing. If he could do for them in Louisville, what Purcell's kindness can, he would not give them this introduction, the first and last of its kind. They will tell Purcell their own story. Father George (McCloskey) is well and wishes to be remembered to Purcell. Father John (McCloskey) told him he paid Purcell a visit.

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1874 Aug. 6
Drevon, S.J., Father V.: Paray le Monial, (France)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

He is certain that the Sacred Heart has chosen (McMaster) as the very soul of his good works in New York. Because of this devotion he asks (McMaster's) aid in a project for the popularization of devotion to the Sacred Heart, and encloses a letter on the project. Mexico has already assured them of a sum of 30,000; France and Canada a like sum. the United States is behind and he is sure that (McMaster's) zeal will assure success in the enterprise. He sends him the report of their pilgrimages in 1874 and the offerings.

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1874 Aug. 7
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Upon noticing the size of some of the boys in the parochial schools taught by the Sisters, he found them to range in age from 12 to 17. He considered it his duty to give orders to the Sisters of the Immaculate heart of Mary hat thereafter no boy over 12 years of age should be admitted into their schools. As the Sisters of Charity in Bay City, (Michigan) were obliged to teach boys over 12, he asks Purcell's advice in the matter. Father (J.) Von Felten applied to be received into this diocese, but having asked about him from Father Ubaldus (Webersinke), O.S.Fr. his reply was so evasive that he has not given any encouragement. Father James A. Quinn is also here applying for a mission. He presents letters from Bishop (Edward) Fitzgerald (of Little Rock). He would be glad to receive them and many more if their records are good.

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1874 Aug. 8
Keogh, M.W., Captain: Clifden, Kilkenny, Ireland
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He is here on a visit to Europe. He has met the two gentlemen who present this letter to Purcell and his knowledge of Purcell's anxiety for the Holy Church made him recommend them to him and asks the benefit of his advice in their undertaking.

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1874 Aug. 8
Wood, James F.,Bishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Purcell's note and Father (Silas M.) Chatard' letter reached him. By mistake, he stopped sending the interest on the Cincinnati Burse to the American College, Rome, under the impression that there were no Cincinnati students there. He has allowed the interest of accumulate here, crediting Purcell's diocese for it. Upon learning of his mistake, he immediately sent the interest, amounting to $1200 for Purcell's credit. He hopes things are straight. He returned Chatard's letter. He will let Purcell know when he has received the remittance. Kindest regards to Father Edward (Purcell).

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1874 August 10
Lynch, John Arthur: Washington, D. C.
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Lynch sends to Purcell a copy of the letter which he and his family have been pleased to receive form the Holy Father, knowing that will please Purcell to whose flock, even though they have been absent and at such great distances for so long, they regard themselves as members. (The copy is in another hand in Latin as follows:)

1874 July 3
Pius IX. Pope: Rome, (Italy)
 to John Arthur Lynch: Washington, D. C.

The Holy Father thanks Lynch for his expression of loyalty in this time of trial. He thanks him not only for his expression of fidelity but also for the copy of the work "Orbis Catholic" in which he defends the rights of the Church. The Holy Father is having the book translated into Italian. Unfortunately there is little hope that the rapacity of men which has committed the spoliation will cease. He extends to Lynch his apostolic benediction. (writing of copy poor)

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1874 Aug. 10
Parke, Father H(enry) F., Administrator: Parkersburg, West V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He encloses a photo taken to their departed friend (Bishop Richard V. Whelan) taken in Rome during the Vatican Council. He is missed a great deal by all but to Parke his loss is irreparable. The diocese is in debt, but not to a serious extent. The credit is good, thanks to the work and zeal of their departed prelate. They are grateful to Cincinnati for the kindness shown them. Archbishop (James R. Bayley) of Baltimore is arranging the matter of succession and hopes to send three names to Rome. The sooner the better, for the new Bishop himself. (No enclosure)

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1874 Aug. 11
Del Monierei, Count: New York, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Del Monieri fears that he did not explain well yesterday what he has written to Admiral Vignolet. This is what he did in substance. It is evident that the Royal Army cannot susist in the North of Spain and that it is indispensible that the sea be opened for arms and munitions. But the blockade of the Germans, French and Italians shut off the sea but even the access to the shore. He has written to Admiral Vignolet stating, as he quotes in the letter, that since the royal forces cannot answer with cannon, they must use tricks. He asks the Admiral to furnish certificates of nationality, American clearance papers, patents of safety and manifestos in blank but bearing true seals so that the ships will be doubly protected. They can sail from Liverpool with arms and if not molested they need not show the American papers, but if challenged by the blockaders they can use the other papers and land without interference. He calls attention to the news that 2,000 Carlists attack Barcelona yet that they will take the city because the people do not support the government in case of attack. He will send all the history tomorrow.

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1874 Aug. 11
Kearney, R.A.: Plaquemine, La.
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

McMaster's occasional allusions in the Journal to the imperfections of the modern system of astronomy have created an interest in the minds of some of his readers as to the cause of the general acceptance of the Copernican theory. Many consider the hypothesis of Tycho Brahe more in accordance with the Scriptures and they should be pleased to have his ideas as to why the system of the latter has failed to obtain the endorsement of the scientific world.

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1874 Aug. 11
Freitag, (Father) Augustine H. C.S.S.R.: Baltimore, Maryland
 to (James A(lphonsus) McMaster): New York, New York

He arrived there safe and sound but had an accident between New York and Philadelphia which caused a delay of more than three hours. He sends his love to the children.

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1874 Aug. 13
Del Monieri, Count:
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York).

Only yesterday he obtained the continuation of the shameful story which he sends today. April 1 Admiral Polo de Barnabe, Spanish representative in Washington received a dispatch from the Spanish Minister of State which he quotes, containing the following information; Since the Spanish government cannot put down the Carlist insurrection and the Cuban revolt and since the German emperor has made friendly overtures, it is desirable to know the attitude of the American government on the proposal to give to the German government the island of Porto Rico in return for German aid. The German offer was to furnish a certain fixed sum in loan and to send a cruiser off the Spanish coast to suppress contraband trade and send marines to act in unison with the Spanish marines. The German government was to recognize immediately the Spanish government as it is and use its influence to obtain recognition from other cabinets. The Spanish government was to give a provisional title to Porto Rico, later to become definitive. The Admiral refused to have anything to do with such a deal and offered his resignation. The Government responded that the success of the Carlist called for extreme measures and that the Admiral's scruple was unnecessary since no foreigner would put foot on Spanish soil since the German marines acting with the Spanish marines were doing only police duty and Porto Rico is granted only as a surety for the aid. The Admiral again refused to give his name to an act that would give up Porto Rico and made their noble officers auxiliaries of the German gendarmes. The Government did not answer but the Spanish papers announced that the Admiral had been recalled and ordered to take his place in the navy. He wrote to Admiral Topete, before departing that he had known him for 30 years, that he had come to America as a representative of Spain, not of the government and that in the present case he is proud to return to the fleet rather than to dishonor himself by the acts commanded him. Del Monieri has this information from the Admiral's son whose baggage he sent to Havana for Cadiz where the admiral is, after refusing to go to Madrid. Del Monieri tells (McMaster) to be prudent if he uses this information in his Journal.

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1874 Aug. 14
Bandai, Bishop and V. G.: Cologne, (Germany)
 to Archbishop John B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Acknowledging Purcell's letter of July 7 in which Purcell gave the testimony of Fathers Menge and Schoenfield on the death of John Mathias Fischer nd expressed his sympathy to (Archbishop Paul Melchers) n his persecution (Bandai) states that he has learned form the investigation that there is a certain Jacob Ackermann in the city of Lafayette, Indiana hose disposition would be of great value. He does not know in what diocese Lafayette is but he has been persuaded that it belongs to the archdiocese of Cincinnati and he asks that Ackermann be asked the enclosed questions for the Defensor Matrimonii through some one deputed by Purcell or the ordinary of the place. He asks that the answers to the questions be sent to him.

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1874 Aug. 14
Dwenger, (C.PP.S.) Joseph, Bishop of Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne, Ind(iana)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He arrived home safe and would meet Purcell at Notre Dame, but it is impossible. He asks if Purcell could come to Fort Wayne on his return. In Europe, Bishop (Eugene Regnault) of Chatres, who studied with Purcell and was ordained the same day, sends regards as does Archbishop Patrick Leahy of Cashel. If Purcell cannot come to Fort Wayne, Dwenger will be in Cincinnati soon.

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1874 Aug. 14
Weninger, (Father) F(rancis) X., S.J.: Lockport, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Weninger has sent the subscription price for the Review of 1875. He hopes God will grant to Brownson the power to continue. He wants to offer some criticism concerning the last Review and hopes to get some person to copy his views so to facilitate Brownson's reading them.

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1874 Aug. 15
Flanagan, Henry: Jefferson City, Nevada
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He sends the obituary of Father Helen S.J. hoping that McMaster will have space in the Journal to publish at least the facts of his life.

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1874 Aug. 17
Seton, W(illia)m: Virgen Tyrol, Austria
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The reason why the Setons selected Virgen is because the village is 25 miles from a railroad and has only 500 simple peasants. The parish priest has been there for 40 years. The scenery is beautiful. A description of the race is given as is their diet. Insanity and suicide are unknown. There are no superstitions, very devout. The school is fair. Professor Back is with the Setons and would like to be remembered to Brownson. The letter written by Brownson to Back is treasured by Back. The Setons will remain until September. Another novel entitled "The Poor Millionaire" will soon be completed. The book pictures New York society as it now is. Having read the last Review Seton thanks God there is one Catholic who is not willing to worship Louis Veuillot. Seton warns Brownson to beware of Louis Veuillot and the nuns of Kenmore. Seton still sticks to Montalembert. All Montalembert wants is that freedom of religion which is guaranteed by the American Constitution. "He is a victim of absolutism under a pious king." Proof is given for such a statement. Tertullian held Montalembert's views. Seton is a true Catholic but does not believe in absolutism under a pious king.

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1874 Aug. 18
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: Detroit, Mich(igan)

Mr. Moran requested Brownson to lecture the coming season. He has delayed answering. If he discontinues his Review, he could accept. But he has finally concluded to continue it another year and asks Henry to inform Mr. Moran that he must decline. Brownson learns through Sarah (M. Brownson Tenney) that he has another grandson. He hopes he will be like his noble uncle (Edward Patrick Brownson) after whom he is named. He has heard nothing form Henry for a long time. Brownson has not written for he has been very unsettled and unwell, with a severe attack of gout. He is confined to the house most of the time. His eyes are also getting very bad and even his hearing is beginning to fail him. He weighs now only 228 lbs. But these are infirmities he must expect for as young as he may feel, he is an old man. The Tenneys keep the house now and he boards with them. They returned the June 24. Sarah has been ill all summer but is getting better. She does admirably for her family of which Brownson is not a member. She means to treat her old father well and does so as far as it is in her nature. Yet he feels that he is a stranger without a familyl or home. Sarah never comes into his room; never speaks to him and is careful when at table to carry on a conversation with the others in so low a tone that he can neither take part in it nor catch a word that is said. But she was never remarkable for good hearing. Yet after all this is a small affair. The best of the trio is Jessie (Tenney) who is growing up a fine girl. Brownson's Review is not going as well this year as last. It has last year 1700 or more subscribers; this year only about 1200 and the leading Irish papers are beginning to snarl and snap at it. Yet he is so earnestly requested to continue it that he shall attempt it for another year, though with diminished courage and some disgust. The Review is too papal for the majority of our bishops and clergy. It goes against the public opinion of the Catholic population of the country and will meet with little success so long as Father Thomas Burke, O.P. furnishes their reading. Only a windbag that can be popular with Paddy. Henry must write something for Brownson. In his forthcoming number he says that he has in the future the promise of assistance. Perhaps Henry will find time to write an article now and then. Brownson will pay him well for it. Compliments to all inquiring friends and love to Fifine and the grandchildren.

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1874 Aug. 21
Parke, Father Henry F.: Parkersburg, West V(irgini)a
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

Parke acknowledges Purcell's note of July 17. The scandal of which he speaks was known to Bishop (Richard Vincent Whelan) before he died. At the moment Parke is acting as peacemaker between the Sisters and Father (W.) Silvain on the question of salary. He claims that he receives only $100. a year in cash as salary and that he nuns begrudge him this. The nuns who have barely enough to pay interest on their debt, cannot understand why he does not share their poor fare. The fact is that the nun's mission to Abingdon, (West Virginia) has always been a mystery. Senator Johnston's family lives out of town and there is no support for nuns except from heretics who are very dark there. Parke relates his experience there 20 years before when he went to see Mary Dann and said Mass in the hotel and was robbed by the servant. He doubts if Silvain's faults exceed indiscretions as to time and place since he knows his habits. But he will caution him, and his next door neighbor, 60 miles off at Wytheville. Parke regrets to see in the Telegraph that Bishop (Richard) Gilmour's sickness is serious. A new bishop is needed badly at Wheeling.

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1874 Aug. 23.
Strain, John, Bishop, V.A. Edinburgh: Edinburgh, (Scotland)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Strain answers (Purcell's) letter of inquiry concerning Father Jeremiah Bric and is very frank having been deceived himself by want of frankness in other prelates. Brie was candid and told (Purcell) the only reason why he dispensed with Brie's services. The fault, however, was of such a nature that his utility there was ended. The only hope was to go somewhere his antecedents were unknown. Strain thinks he is truly repentant. Father Turner who has written so eulogisticsly of him is a young but excellent priest who believed every work he wrote, but while he knew Brie, his testimony must be taken cum grano salis.

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1874 Aug. 24
De Pauw, Edmund, M.(Father): Chateaugay, New York
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He directed Mr. O'Connor to give McMaster one of the crucifixes that arrived from Jerusalem, and has written to see if has complied with the request. He sends a picture of Miss. Edes. His Bishop was at his parish to bless the Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. So far there have been five or six cures performed through the water. It is his ambition to build a fine school and church. He warns McMaster that some of the clergy are growing dissatisfied and oppose the Journal for the manner in which its numerous articles are directed against the hierarchy, and for its lack of charity.

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1874 Aug. 29
Sherman, Mrs. Ellen Ewing: Washington, (D.C.)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She has engaged rooms for Purcell and the young priest. Shall she have a room or suite for Mr. L'Hommedieu(?) Rooms have been engaged at the Arlington for New York friends. They have every indication of a jam at the wedding. She hopes Purcell will speak. They will have music, but it will not interfere or prolong the ceremonies.

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1874 Aug. 29
Sorin,C.S.C. Father Edward: Notre Dame, Indiana.
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio.

(Withdrawn to Provincial Archives).

Appleton and Frank Leslie. Chase attests to prodigious industry. D'Abain would like to discuss the situation in Spain with McMaster, since McMaster's aricles on Spain have so astonished the Secretary of State (Hamilton) Fish.

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1874 August 31
Franchi, Alex(ander), Cardinal Prefect: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Franchi acknowledges Purcell's letter of July 27 in which he asks for the faculty of dispensing from the Saturday abstinence. After investigation it has been found that Purcell's faculty for this was extended for ten years in 1870 and therefore he does not need a new grant. If Purcell has not received a copy of the indult he can notify Franchi and a copy will be sent. no. 5. John Simeoni signs as secretary.

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