University of Notre Dame


1874 Sept.
Pfaller, (Father) F.X.: Washington, D.C.
 to General Charles Ewing: Washington, D.C.

This is a letter authorized by the Bishop, Michael Heiss, of La Cross to obtain rights and justice for the Catholic Chippewa Indians in the Lake Superior Agency. He solicits the appointment of a Catholic agent for the Lake Superior Agency. This letter rests upon the petition presented to the Indian Department the year before, to which he adds certain observations. Since 1835 there has been almost 3,000 Indians baptized and the statements of Mr. Felix Brunot are incorrect insofar as all the Indians are Catholic with the exception of several pagans and now almost all of them are Catholic. Secretary Delano in answer to the petition of 1873 said that it would be inexpedient to disturb the present arrangement and the Indians themselves have remarked that they have no confidence in the Protestant ministers. In 1854 there was a Church on the opposite bank of the river but it was shown to be on the grounds of the Protestant Mission House and was therefore taken over by them, so that the Indians were compelled to worship at an old chief's home until the present church was built in 1863. Brunot says that under the Protestant Commissioner the conduct of the Indians has been good but he attributes this to the Catholic missionaries. The only Protestant Mission house in the Lake Superior region is in the Red River Reservation. Dr. Baird, the minister there, offers temporal inducements to entice the Indians but they are unwilling to accept any faith other than the Catholic. Dr. Baird attempts to convert 25 children at the Mission Home to Protestantism, but there are among these children 8 Catholics, who are not given the chance to attend Mass or receive instructions in the Catholic Faith. Therefore an appeal is made that these children may not be prejudiced in the practice of their religion. The Indians as well as the Bishop and the priests wish that the Indian Department will grant to the Catholic Church her just claims. He has frequently asked the agent that a Catholic teacher be appointed for the school of the Red Cliff reservation but has been refused so he makes an appeal that Catholic teachers be named for both the Red Cliff and the Lake Court Oreill reservations as there are only Catholic children there and the Indians threaten not to send their children to school as long as a Catholic teacher is not granted to them. It is his purpose to build a Catholic school and church in Red River. He also appeals to the Indian Commissioner to aid the Indians in a temporal way as they are in need. The Indians had sold some of their land to the government and were in return to receive cash and provisions but these payments have falled off until they are at the present about to cease entirely. The chiefs went to Washington with the treaties but they were stolen and hence they did not wish to press their claim without them. The Indians had been promised that every male of majority would be given 80 acres of land, but only a few had received theirs, and those do have not the implements to cultivate it. The Indians are in great want and need and some are compelled to beg. They are unable to receive pay for their service rendered to the agency since the agent says there is no money with which to pay them. Mr. Bell appointed by the Indian Department to examine the accounts of the Lake Superior Agency found that there was still $80,000 payable to the Indians.

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 (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers). 

(1874) Sept. ?)
(Del Monieri, Count):
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

The money received by Serrano was not raised in Russia but in London, where a special Spanish agent resided. The loan was thrown on the market through Hunt and Company, bankers, but it was not done in the name of the Spanish government. Of the sum received, $25,000 had been sent to Admiral Polo through Prosh and Company, Exchange Place, New York. This transaction to place at the end of January or the beginning of February. Polo was sent this to pay Attorney Sidney Webster and U.S. Commissioner and Major J. Gurzman, for the extra expenses occasioned by them in conducting the inquest in the Polo-Fish protocol relative to the Virginius affair. Del Monieri does not know the amount of money raised, nor how much was obtained from the sale of other securities. But he does know that a sum of not less than $500,000 was set aside subject to order from Marshall Serrano. P.S.— This information is very confidential. McMaster may print it, but must keep this note secret.

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1874 Sep. 1
Lemonnier, C.S.C., (president of University of Notre Dame), Father A(ugustus): Notre Dame, Indiana
Edwards, James F.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

A contract between Lemonnier and Edwards. Edwards is engaged as professor in the University of Notre Dame and librarian for two years at a salary of $500 per year. Edwards will teach five classes.

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1874 Sept. 2
Del Monieri, Count: Jersey City, New Jersey
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He has to move so he asks McMaster to let him know by note what he intends to do in regard to his trip. He has given this subject the deepest thought and realizes it is his duty to undertake the enterprise. God's will is his will and he places his fate in the hands of God. He wishes to sail Saturday so he will be in Spain in time for the excitement produced by the Journal. Upon his arrival in Spain a Carlist friend, Don Manual de Sanchez, will meet him in Chantander, to whom he would have written sooner had he known his address. He was in the office of the Cronista and learned that the Madrid press will deny any intention to cede Porto Rico, and that the Consul General telegraphed immediately after hearing of the excitement produced by the Journal. But he has as yet received no answer. He thinks Senor de Tabarre is a blackguard.

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1874 Sept. 2
Del Monieri, Comte: New York, New York
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

Serrano's government had no trouble in recruiting soldiers because they were hired as mercenaries at very liberal terms. Bismarck was in favor of helping Spain in reestablishing a monarchy. He believes that in a few weeks Russia will resume her diplomatic relations with Spain. Germany has recognized the government of Spain. The attitude of the Holy See is not clear although Senor Sorenzana obtained an audience with the Pope. However, it is known that a majority of the cardinals show a strong sympathy to the Carlists cause for they do not forget that the Church has suffered from revolutions in Spain. But, they will not confound their religious interests with the cause of absolutism.

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1874 Sept. 2
Dean(Brownson), Thorina: (Bay City, Michigan)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Thorina(Brownson's sister) acknowledges receipt of a check to the amount of $75. She hopes his health is much better. She is glad and gratified to think Brownson can help her as much as he does, but she thinks he helps too much. She is so feeble she can hardly write. Sarah is not very well.

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1874 Sept. 2
Mother Mary of St. Stanislaus, Sister Superior:
Convent of Good Shepherd, (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to (Archbishop) J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She has been suffering from general prostration for five or six weeks. Her doctor tells her to go out for air and exercise. She submits this to Purcell's approval. She has no desire to go outside the enclosure, and informed the doctor that it was airy, but he specified the adjoining hills. They are glad to hear of Purcell's good health. P.S. If she is permitted to go, may she take another sister to accompany her? (Written by) Sister M. Presentation.

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1874 Sept. 3
Chatard, Father S(ilas) M.,:
Rector American College, Albano (Italy)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He received a draft in Purcell's name from Bishop (James F. Wood) of Philadelphia for 5558 francs. He thanks Purcell for his kindness and assistance in the matter. He reports the brilliant success of Mr. Henry Moeller at the examinations. He captured three first prizes in theology and drew with others for a fourth. He received the the golden medal in consequence in competition with students of the Greek, Irish, and American colleges. All of the American students did well and were complimented by Cardinal Franchi. Archbishop (John McCloskey) of New York is in Rome.Bishop (David W.) Bacon (of Portland, Maine) was taken sick at sea and remains at Brest. Father Anderson is also there. Anderson and he were at an audience with the Holy Father and Cardinal Antonelli. (The letter is written on the blank pages of a printed receipt filled in for 5558 francs for burses and signed by Chatard.)

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1874 Sept. 3
Hilton, G(eorge) H.: Ohio, Madison County, Iowa
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He is spending the hot season on his brother's farm and asks that the Journal be sent there. He commends McMaster upon the fearless character of the Journal but writes to send him an article from the Enquirer of Aug. 21 which deal with his Admiral Polo articles and the dispatches which he published. The article, like all the rest of the godless presses sympathizes with the despot Bismarck. The intrigues of Disraeli and Bismarck are being developed rapidly. He thinks that the best article he has seen recently by McMaster was the one on the "Cardinalate and the Lay Legate of the Holy See", which was in reply to the Catholic Telegraph. He thinks it would be most desirable that the legate should not only be an ecclesiastic but an archbishop. The Purcells in Cincinnati are enemies of McMaster as well as of himself, so also to Brownson. He thinks that the Irish are good in their proper place but out of that place they are abominable and narrow. He cites Cincinnati as not having one outstanding Catholic leader among the laity. After the death of his wife he went to Lincoln, Nebraska where he bought three thousand acres of land for his sons. He remembers Bishop (George) Carroll of Covington, Ky. and recalls that there is hardly a bishop in the province that is a friend of the Purcells. There is some reason for this.

P.S.— He commends McMaster on his articles on Beecher.

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1874 Sept 4
Del Monieri, Count: New York, New York
 to James (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He pays his respect to Major Keiley and McMaster. When he submitted to McMaster his plan to raise the necessary money he was too far away to expect McMaster to put it into execution. He asked only for a recommendation to the Herald knowing that he could secure a position there with it. He thinks it will be better to give the bank a note and draw the money on McMaster's recommendation. He wishes to be informed of the result of McMaster's deliberation and expresses his thanks to the committee members.

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(1874) Sept. 4
Eckel, L. St. John: New York, (New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

In spite of her giving an order to have proofs struck off immediately Eckel's publisher will probably disappoint her. She doubts that Brownson will get them in time to give her a notice. The article in the Review he gave her, on her friend, (Charles) de Montalembert, was very and true. Brownson seems to subscribe to ideals expressed in "Moral independence, practical atheism". It is well that he wrote the article before he read hers, because she is so suspicious. She even suspected the admiral's wife of having Brownson in her eye.

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1874 Sept. 5
Manucy, Father Dominic: Montgomery, Ala.
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He received the dispatch from McMaster this morning and thanks him for it but he considers the appointment as Vicar Apostolic to Brownsville Texas the worst sentence that could be passed upon him for any crime. He thought that he might be proposed, if at all, for the See of San Antonio. The Brownsville district is without resources and the Catholic population is almost entirely Mexican and they are poor. The only priests in the country are the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and they own what little church property there is and consequently would be masters over the bishop. Those acquainted with that country speak discouragingly of it and he sees little chance for doing good, for if that country presented any advantages one of the Oblates would have been appointed bishop.

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1874 Sept. 5
Sorin, C.S.C. Father Edward: Notre Dame, Indiana
 to Archbishop John Baptist Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

(Withdrawn to Provincial Archives).


1874 Sept. 8
Bayley, J(ames) Roosevelt, Archbishop of Baltimore: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

He cheerfully gives Purcell permission to marry, confirm and ordain while visiting the Diocese of Baltimore. He hopes he will look in upon them in passing. The Prophets chamber is at his service.

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1874 Sept. 8
Del Monieri, Count: Jersey City, New Jersey
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

Tomorrow he will make his confession and be conditionally baptized. He has three children who have never been baptized and asks McMaster to help find God-parents for them. Since he will be away on the day that Father John is to baptize them, he asks McMaster to represent him at the ceremony. It will be impossible for him to see Major Keiley tomorrow since it is his mail day and as he has an appointment with Father John he will be free only in the evening, but Friday he will be free in the afternoon. He asks for an answer as he has to tell Father John of his plans today.

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1874 Sept. 8
Ephrem, Mother Mary: St. Mary's of the Woods, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

She received a letter from Cincinnati yesterday saying, "The Bishops says: Go to Aurora." and signed Sr. A. Elizabeth. The Reverend Mother wishes to inform Purcell that Sr. Ann Elizabeth collected in Columbus, Ohio under the name of Sr. Mary Agnes and wearing their religious habit, ran away from Aurora but gave no scandal there. She is replaced now but if she chooses to go back she would not be admitted to their house nor with their habit, for in confirmity with a point of their rules, no one, having left the(Sisters of Providence) of her own accord can ever be admitted again. Therefore her name is erased from the register of the Sisters of Providence. They ask that Purcell use his influence to have Kate Kinsela. ex Sr. A. Elizabeth, return her religious costume and office book. They offer her their prayers and compassion, and request the same from Purcell. (Written for her by) Sister Mary Joseph.

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1874 Sept. 8
Ives, C.S.: Feldkirch, Austria
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Since the students of Fldkirch College are not allowed to receive any newspapers, he asks that the Journal be sent to his address rather than to that of his son's. He leaves here early in October to spend the winter in Brussels so he wishes it to be sent to him there, in care of the American counsul. Although she is happy in that Catholic country, she still takes an interest in the affairs at home and especially those of her religion. She comment's upon the Feast of the Blessed Virgin's Nativity and the humble adoration of the populace. She frequently encounters German and Swiss Protestants and if she should talk thus on Prussian soil she would be jailed, for their conversation leads to opinions on religious liberty. She said if such laws were made in her country she would resist them and arm her sons for that purpose. She asks for his prayers and gives her regards to her friends.

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1874 Sept. 11
De Pauw, Father Edmund: Chateaugay, New York
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

In the Pilot of Sept. 12 there is a letter signed by Rev. Louis Sabringi, whom he met last January in Beyrouth. The Pro-Vicar Apostolic of Syria residing in Beyrouth complains that this man has collected sums of money in America but not one piastre has been expended in Syria for the furtherance of Catholic purposes. Since his return from America, this Sabringi has talked of building a Church but nothing constructively has been done. He is a worthy companion of Chaldeni the other Oriental humbug. He wishes to have McMaster arouse the New York administration against this man and have him arrested if necessary and to find out under what pretenses he has come back. However he has no written proof from the Pro-Vicar so he would rather not meet this Sabringi either in print or in person, but wishes to have McMaster return the letter to him along with his opinion of it.

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1874 Sep. 12
Franchi, Aless., Cardinal: Propaganda, Rome
 to Luigi Gregori: Notre Dame, Indiana

The news of Gregori's voyage gave him pleasure. The Holy Father has deigned to impart to Gregori and his family the requested benediction.

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1874 Sept. 17
McCarthy, Mrs. (E. M.): Syracuse, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. McCarthy believes Brownson thinks gratitude is not an ingredient of hers. Brownson's letter was received. She hopes God will not inflict punishment in the form of poor health on Brownson anymore. Mrs. McCarthy hopes all the suffering that she and Brownson have to contend with will be outweighed by eternal reward. Brownson's notice of her book pleased her. She does not feel she is worthy of the praises heaped upon her by Brownson. The October Review cannot come soon enough. Mrs. McCarthy wants to be remembered to Brownson's daughter (Mrs. Tenney). The family troubles of Mrs. McCarthy are told to Brownson. If Brownson could visit the family he would receive a great welcome.

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1874 Sept. 18
Constantine, Sister Superior General N.: Namur, (Belgium)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Sister Constantine acknowledges with deep gratitude the letter of (Purcell) on the occasion of her jubilee. She hopes that God will ratify his good wishes. The account (Purcell) gave of the growth of the distant houses of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur) in his diocese have given assurance that the right spirit reigns in them. They have two witnesses of this with them now. The community unites in prayers that (Purcell) will be spared for many years to rule his diocese and protect their houses.

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1874 Sept. 19
Chase, W T.: (New York, New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Although he has not met McMaster for a long time, he used to meet him with Mr. John L. Wilsen of the Herald. He takes the liberty to introduce his friend General Vicomte d'Abain, formerly with the Pontifical Zouaves. D'Abain has resided in New York for the past two years, writing many articles for Harper, Scribner, 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 Sept. 19
Kernan, Francis: Utica, New York
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

He is aware that McMaster is not partial to his candidate for governor, but nevertheless he takes the liberty to write to him with reference to the candidate. In 1872 when Kernan allowed his name to go before the Democratic nomination because of his creed. Mr. (Samuel) Tilden stood up against any such objection and said he should be nominated to vindicate religious freedom and equality. He thinks their candidate will make a good governor. He will feel grateful if McMaster will omit to say anything against him in the canvass.

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1874 Sept. 20
Byrne, Father Patrick: Trenton, New Jersey
(James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He sends the enclosed from the Bishop Michael A. Corrigan and a copy of his answer so that if anything be presented as coming from him which is different from his reply McMaster will know that it is unauthorized. He is sorry if his letter will renew the storm against McMaster for if he knew that that would be the result he would never have had his letter published in the Journal. He wishes to bear the whole responsibility and assume the whole obligation. The New York Sunday Democrat has condemned them both and others will follow. He is able to defend himself should any of the Catholic papers attack him. He asks that the enclosed be returned to or kept for him.

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1874 Sept. 21
McDermott, Father D.J.: New Philadelphia, Pa.
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

As McMaster's letter was not received until a month after the manuscript was returned, the priests in this region each took a copy and read it from the altar and they united in a letter to Bishop James Frederick Wood, but no answer has been received. He thinks it should be published as a communication entitled "The Catholic Church and Societies, The A.O.H. and the E.B.A.", as this heading will direct attention to it.

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1874 Sept. 21
Alemany, J(oseph Sadoc), Archbishop of: San Francisco, (California)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

During Alemany's absence Father (John) B. Gelss was permitted to say mass while information was sought from Purcell. That information being unsatisfactory Alemany at once prevented him from saying mass or teaching. Monsignor Kristoffy and an old Dominican urged leniency but Alemany declined, but instead promised to intercede for Gelss because he was good before. Alemany thinks Purcell could find him some place in a chapel or some diocese. He is working as a tailor.

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1874 Sept. 21
McDermott, Father D.J.: New Philadelphia, Pa.
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

As McMaster's letter was not received until a month after the manuscript was returned, the priests in this region each took a copy and read it from the altar and they united in a letter to Bishop James Frederick Wood, but no answer has been received. He thinks it should be published as a communication entitiled "The Catholic Church and Societies, The A.O.H. and the E.B.A.", as this heading will direct attention to it.

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(1874) Sept. 22
Dahlgren, (Mrs.) M(adeleine) V(inton): Washington, (D.C.)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. Dahlgren is pleased that Brownson will visit her next week. Mrs. Sherman too expresses her pleasure at the idea. She apologizes for the hasty note but she is laying carpets because of the advent of cool weather. She will try to meet him at the station in her carriage, but in case she cannot make the train she instructs him on a trolley itinerary. The wedding is going to be held on Thursday, Oct. 1 and Brownson is expected to attend a party held for personal friends on that night. She is going to change her cook on Monday so she asks Brownson to arrive on Tuesday if it will be as convenient for him.

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1874 Sept. 22
Sherman, Mrs. E(llen) E.: Washington, (D. C.)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

They are anxious to know what day Purcell will arrive and by what train. She hopes he will be in Tuesday morning, as she wants him for dinner that evening with a few friends, her brothers, Mr. & Mrs. Daugherty and Mr. L'Hommedieu if he and Bishop (James F.) Wood arrive in time. The organist would like to know how many minutes he is to have from the beginning of Mass until he is required to stop and how many minutes after and the number of pauses. She asks that Father (A ) Quattman send distinct information by return mail. Quattman will of course dine with them when Purcell does. The wedding will attract the greatest attention and for that reason he is rejoiced that Purcell will be present. The President, the Cabinet, Sheridan, and numbers of officers and many friends from a distance will be here. She asks that Purcell come as soon as he can. The bride and groom wish to receive Communion at the Mass. P.S.—She asks that Quattman inform her as to the proper slippers and gloves required on the occasion.

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1874 Sept. 23
D'Hain, G: (New York, New York)
 to (James A. McMaster): (New York, New York)

Having called at McMaster's office with a letter of introduction and failed to see him D'Hain asks the pleasure of visiting him at his home that evening.

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1874 Sept. 25
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Elizabeth, (New Jersey)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson thanks Henry for remembering his birthday. The day was passed in great suffering for he was very ill. He was thoughtful, however, that he was let alone, and no virago entered his room to scold and abuse him. He is glad to hear Fifine gains strength in the country air. Children cannot well be brought up in cities. New York ought to be a healthy city and yet the weekly list of deaths uniformly exceeds the list of births and left to itself the population of the city would show a constant decrease. the same may be said of several entire states of the Union. Every New Englander is weakly, dyspeptic and in some way ailing. He sometimes thinks God's curse is on the land and the people thereof. Orestes (Brownson Jr.) writes he has another son which makes Brownson's tenth grandchild. If Henry has the prescription the Atlanta doctor gave him Brownson would like to have it. His diarrhea is even worse than when at Henry's, yet he is free at present from the gout. Henry must learn to dismiss his law cases when he leaves the office, and take things easily. If well enough, Brownson goes to Washington to attend Minnie Sherman's wedding which is to come off on the 1st. He will stop a few days with his friend Mrs. Madelene Dahlgren and his two godchildren now eight years old. His remembrances to all the Vandykes and love to Fifine and the children.

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1874 Sept. 26
Smyth, (Father) Lawrence: Fort Smith, Arkansas
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Father Smith sends McMaster "another nut for Prof(essor) Tyndall to crack with his so-called science". McMaster may make any use of it that he wishes. Mrs. (Catherine M.) Handlin is a well-known lady in (Fort Smith). Since McMaster has taken a special interest in the water of Lourdes, Smyth sends him this account, as well as a version he himself made of it. (P.S.) McMaster may use whichever version he chooses to use.

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 The first enclosure: 

1874 Sep(t). 24,
Handlin, Catherine M.: Fort Smith, Arkansas
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Mrs. Handlin reports the miraculous cure of a sore on her foot, which all other remedies had failed to cure. On (Sept) 17, (1874) she applied a drop of the Lourdes water, and in the morning was able to wear a shoe. Since that time her foot has not pained her, and the sore is healing rapidly.

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 The second enclosure: 

1874 Sep(t). 26
Handlin, Catherine M.: Fort Smith, Arkansas
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

(This letter, admittedly written by Father Smyth, is a revision of Mrs. Handlin's letter, (above). It repeats the substance of Mrs. Handlin's letter, attempting to phrase it in better English).

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1874 Sept. 26,
Smyth, Father Laurence: Fort Smith, Arkansas
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York)

He encloses a letter from Mrs. Handlin stating that a seemingly incureable sore on her foot was healed when she applied water from the Shrine of Lourdes on it. Mrs. Handlin wrote her testimonial in her own hand, and Father Smyth reworded another one for her. McMaster may use the letter as he sees fit. Enclosure (2)

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(1874) Sept. 29
Dahlgren, (Mrs.) M(adeleine) V.: Washington, (D.C.)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

All are disappointed because Brownson cannot come. As soon as his letter arrived she sent it to Mrs. (Ellen Ewing) Sherman, who will be disappointed. Mrs. Sherman had assigned them seats near the altar. It will comfort the heart to see half the prelates of the country at the mass to testify to the sanctity of marriage. A charming window has been invited to dine with the Dahlgrens, who was converted largely through Brownson's writings. She will be sorry to hear that the Doctor is not coming. Mrs. Dahlgrens daughter cannot attend the ceremony because she, too, is ill.

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1874 Sept. 29,
O'Bryan, J. Duross (?): New York, New York
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

McCloskey put in an affidavit of defense in McMaster's suit against him, to the effect that the copy of McMaster's book account was not such an account that judgment could be had upon. He moved for judgment but the court held that the case would have to go to trial. He filed his declaration and is waiting for a plea. The case will go down for trial the moment it is at issue.

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