University of Notre Dame


187(4?) (Oct. -Nov.?)
(Brownson), Henry, (F.): (Detroit, Michigan)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Fifini's eyes have not troubled her in months, she must wear glasses permanently. The days go by much the same as the other. He has a good deal of work to do but as he gets more used to it and systematizes, it is quickly dispatched. He was surprised at the article on (L. St. John Eckel's) M(aria) Monk's Daughter after the notice he read by Mrs. (Madeleine Vinton) Dahlgren. He thinks the Napoleon (III) article is so-so, not anything very wonderful, nor is it without merit and interest. (Zachariah) Chandler fears that this is his last term in the Senate. Henry feels that he will be re-elected but his influence will be much weakened in state politics.

I-4-f - A.L.S. (Incomplete) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {5}

1874 Oct. 1
(Tenney), Sarah (M. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
 to Henry (F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Sarah detests those personal allusions and has exerted all possible influence to stop them but (Brownson) delights in them. She thought those collected in the Tribune would open his eyes, but to her surprise he was quite pleased with the way they were gathered together. The passage which Henry alludes to Sarah read and commented upon, but is did not arouse much feeling, for a year and a half alone with (Brownson) has accustomed her to his indifference to all their dear ones gone. He was never intended for home life, and in trying to suit home life to himself he has made it—purgatory to say the least. If at least God had not pity on Sarah she should have lost her senses literally before this. She has done all she could. He took everybody to his room, so that for months at a time, her only society was Jessie (Tenney) and the girl, and a few remarks in the hall or at the table when they had company. (Brownson) has been away visiting a great deal this summer, and everything has been done to make it delightful for him. Until very lately Sarah hardly left the house except to go to market, and yet he threatens "to seek a home among strangers" because she does not do more to entertain him. He is quite hard of hearing and to talk with him at every meal at the top of her voice is martyrdom. Sarah should not mention this only for the message (Brownson) sent by Mrs. Van Dyke. Sarah was determined their visit should be pleasant at any cost, and so she seemed to enter into his jokes about marrying again, although every word of his was a sword out. Sarah was perfectly charmed with Mrs. Van Dyke, who has great penetration. Mrs. Spooner who wrote the poem is a very old lady and it came one time las spring when (Brownson) was continually saying the work was too much, and Sarah was in fear that he could not go on. Everything looked so black, that she influenced him to accept it as a means of filling up. So (Brownson) promised and then could not go back. Sarah is perfectly certain now that (Brownson) puts on that infirm air to excite pity, for she has been told that as soon as he gets out of sight it is all dropped. People all say he looks younger and heartier now than in years before. She does not place the least reliance upon his promises. He breaks all one day that he made the day before. Henry is to consider this a little modified since it is a little too strong. Sarah is trying to get that book for Henry from the Hewits. Love to Mrs. Van Dyke, Mrs. Moran and her sister-in-law, Fifine and the children.

III-3-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 3
McDermott, J.: Ashland, Pa.
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

It was his intention to publish the enclosed with the signatures attached but two were unwilling to have their names in print, so that all the names were omitted. Three counties are represented by the signers, and McMaster may do as he sees fit either to publish the signatures or not, but if he does not publish the letter he is requested to return it.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 8
Brownson, Anna: Allston, Mass(achusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Being in a hurry and under difficulty, Anna's last letter failed to mention Brownson's present to her. The present came when needed most. Anna was thinking more about his trials than about writing to him. Anna would like to be in some position whereby she can repay Brownson for all his kindness. Anna came to Allston to stay a few days with her sister who is not well. Anna wants Brownson to come to Boston soon.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 10mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 10
Henwood, H.: Jersey City, New Jersey
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He intended to bring the packages himself and carry out the wishes of Miss Edes but he had to go to bed directly from the steamship due to an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, but the worst is over now. He wishes his regards to be paid to Major Keiley and MacAnerny.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 11
Parker, Mrs. Eliza R.: Bedford Springs, K(entuck)y
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. Parker is the friend of whom (Madeleine Vinton) Dahlgren spoke to Brownson. She has written a manuscript and wants some advice and aid in the sale of it. She cannot find a buyer. The purpose of the book is to show the advantage of a religious education and the evils of mixed marriages. Bishop (Sylvester) Rosecrans of Columbus has approved it and thinks the book fulfills the purpose for which it was intended. Although young the writer has written many articles and experienced no difficulty before. Mrs. Parker thinks it worthy of notice. She wants Brownson to induce some publisher to accept it.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1874 Oct. 11
(Pearce), Eulalia, Sister M.: Mt. de Chantal, Wheeling, West Virginia
 to (Orestes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Through Mrs. (Madeleine Vinton) Dahlgren, Sister Eulalia learned the Review is not going to be abandoned because Brownson will have associated with him some priests. A copy of a sermon written and delivered by Father Joseph Stenger was sent along with this letter. Sister Eulalia thinks the late Bishop (Richmond Vincent) Whelan had a resemblance to (Father Demetrius) Gallitzin. Father Stenger is a well cultured man. Hence, a book notice and a few words of encouragement from Brownson would be more to Stenger than anything else.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1874 Oct. 12
Bellamy, Sarah (M.): Wilton, Saratoga (County, New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Aunt Thorina (Brownson Dean) is worse. She has lost her speech and cannot walk. Brownson is to come if he can or write. Sarah is afraid Thorina will not live. She got the check all right.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 12
Deschwanden ?) M. Paul: Stans, (Switzerland)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The writer explains that the tableau is late and begs Purcell's pardon. He also asks Purcell to let him raise the price 1000 francs on the tableau. Purcell had spoken of desiring the price on a third tableau. Deschwanden asks that Purcell give him some idea on the size and the number of figures and he will see that it is done with great care and in the briefest time possible. In the meantime he has to be kept in good remembrance by Purcell.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 12
Doherty, (Father)) David J.: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Since reading the last number of the Review, Doherty wants to send Brownson a word of encouragement. In Brownson's article "A Jesuit", he leads to an inference of giving up the Review. Doherty says this is only an evil temptation, which is trying to deprive Catholics their Samson. Doherty only wishes he were Brownson's confessor, then he could not give up. It has been a wonder to Doherty to whom shall God call on to take Brownson's place. Doherty wants forgiveness for intruding.

I-4-f - A.LS. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 12
Souleur, Emma: Sicily Island
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

She read in the Journal that two-thirds of the population of New York was Catholic and making this assertion she was challenged to prove it, knowing no other way to do so than by appealing to McMaster. After making her first Communion she was cut off from attending Mass so her only means of enlightement was through the Journal for which she thanks him. An envelpoe addressed in enclosed for an answer.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 15
Hill, S.J. (Father) Walter H.: (St. Louis, Missouri)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Hill wants Brownson to assemble in one volume his various articles on government, civil liberty, law and the like so that the students in the philosophy classes can study the book. Such a volume would be a good basis for ethics, and a help to the higher classes in college. Father Hill has long wanted to suggest this task to Brownson. The criticism of Brownson on Father Hill's little work were well received. The book is a good seller because it is in the third printing. A copy is sent to Brownson. This letter is not written for publication. P.S. If his suggestion is followed, Hill will require every student to digest it. He himself is preparing an elementary work on Ethics. References will be made to Brownson's works because Hill thinks his works are the best and most accurate.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 16
Graham, T.H.: Cleveland, Ohio
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He asks McMaster to come to Cleveland to deliver a lecture sometime during the winter. Bishop Bernard McQuid of Rochester will deliver one of the series.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 18
Woodriles, Henry: London, England
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Arriving here he went to the Carlist committee, but finding no one who can aid him he will proceed to Bayonne to see the Vicomte de Barres. He hears that Kirkpatrick is no longer with the Carlists or at least he is not considered trustworthy. He had to make an outlay for water proofing so he is unable to purchase a revolver and asks McMaster to write the Vicomte and ask him to furnish one. He will write from Bayonne and leaves with the blessing of the Archbishop of Westminster.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 19
(Boyd, Kate: New York, New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Boyd knows he will scold her when she tells him she has not written a line for several days. She has been sick. Mrs. Gerdes and she read Brownson's "Spirit-Rapper" a short while since. They were very much interested. "A Daughter of Bohemia" is one of the few novels she cares to read a second time. She has not seen Brownson's Review but would like to do so. Brownson could giblet (President Ulysses S.) Grant and his miserable attorney. She wishes she were a mistress of as powerful a weapon as Brownson can wield so well. She wonders if she will be kidnapped for the statements she can make regarding the President's interference and William's quiet little helps to the K - Usurpation. She wants to give them both a sharp tap.

I-4-f - A.L. (Incomplete) - 7pp. - 12mo. - {3}

1874 Oct. 19
Dahlgren, Mrs. M(adeleine) V(inton): Washington, D.C.
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. Dahlgren is glad Brownson intends to visit Washington this coming winter. The children are glad also. Eric (Dahlgren) considers Brownson as his exclusive property. All the children go to school together. Studies are talked over by all. Mrs. Dahlgren believes as Brownson said, that a mother cannot be absolutely unhappy. Mrs. Ellen Sherman is leaving Washington. Both the writer and Mrs. Sherman think Brownson ought to move his headquarters to Washington. The opportunities for Brownson would be much greater.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 10mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 21
Pearce, Eulalia, Sister M.: Wheeling, Virginia
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

When Sister Eulalia writes to Brownson she does not expect an answer every time. She likes the kind way in which Brownson treated her request. She believes Father Stenger would make a valuable contributor to the "Catholic World." However, she believes that Stenger overrates the power of Bishop (Richard V. Whalen). The Bishop was a strong Southerner and a secessionist, with violent prejudices against New England. It would be harsh to say his superiors were his equal. He was every inch a Bishop and whatever his defects, they always appeared to be the result of a mistaken judgment. Like Brownson she could not at first see any difference between adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration of the Sacred Heart but it was enough for her that Jesus had revealed His desire. Sister Eulalia will make it a point to put Brownson with the Review every day into the Blessed Lady's hands, that she may obtain for him the needed inspiration to fill the pages of the Review with light.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 10mo. - {5}

1874 Oct. 22
Pabisch, Father F(rancis) J.: Mount St. Mary's of the West (Cincinnati, Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He writes a postscript on a letter he received from Bishop (Caspar) Borgess of Detroit, informing Purcell that if no answer is received he will take it as assent to Borgess' request.

1874 Oct. 20
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of Detroit: Detroit,(Michigan)
 to Father (Francis J.) Pabisch: (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father (Lawrence) Kilroy informs him that Purcell will confer Holy Orders next week. He asks that Mr. Francis Kemper be ordained if Purcell and Pabisch agree to it. If not, he asks that Kemper be sent to Monroe, Mich(igan) for preparation. He sends regards to Purcell.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {4}

1874 Oct. 22
Sauvadet, (Father) A.: Cleveland, Ohio
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He asks McMaster to remit to the agent of the L'Univers of Paris the enclosed amount and if there is anything left over to apply it to his account on the Journal, and he asks the price of the Journal for a year.

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

(18)74 Oct. 24
Perché, N(apoleon) J(oseph), Archbishop of New Orleans,: Franklin, (Louisiana)
 to Father (E.) Rousse: St. James, L(ouisia)na

November 1 is approaching and Perché cannot satisfy the debt which remains to be paid to Mr. Lafitte for Rousse's church. He thinks that Mr. Billion could pay, but that is only a small part of the sum. He wonders if Rousse can raise the money. Otherwise, Rousse must ask Mr. de Longpré to see Lafitte and obtain some time. Perché will be in New Orleans from the 29th to the 4th, when he will leave by the train from Donaldson for Father (Armand J.M.) Dubourg's chapel where he will confirm on Thursday. From there he will go to Vacherie where he will confirm on Sunday, the 8th. While on this trip he will try to see Rousse and visit the college.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 12mo. - {7}

1874 Oct. 26
Brownson, Anna: N(orth) Cambridge, (Massachusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Anna was disappointed when Brownson wrote her that he may be unable to come to Boston. Mr. Richards would not miss seeing Brownson if the latter came; also, Richards did not like the people continually picking on Brownson. All of Brownson's gift in the last letter was well appreciated. Anna does not want for anything but like anyone else, feels better when she has some money in her pocket. Anna made a few fancy prices for the fair. The church of the Immaculate Conception will be consecrated Dec. 8. Since Brownson has someone to do his work, he should not be any trouble to Sarah (Brownson Tenney). Anna hopes Sarah's husband is kind to Brownson. Anna believes Sarah makes a fine wife for the Judge. Anna will pray for the success of the Review.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 10mo. - {2}

1874 Oct. 28
Jones, C.S.: St. Louis, Mo.
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

At the request of a lady subscriber he asks McMaster's opinion of the financial standing of an enterprise advertising in the Journal, the "Bonds of the Industrial Exhibition Co."

I-2-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 31
Sbisa, Jos(eph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Receipt for $3 for services as private watchman.

VI-2-o - A.D.S. - (French) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1874 Oct. 31
Seton, W(illia)m: Bozen, Tyrol, Austria
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's letter was received. Seton has moved back to Bozen where the winter is like May weather. Many come to Bozen for health cures. Grapes and figs are the basic diet. Seton has had all the grapes he wants. The days pass fast. In the morning Seton writes and in the afternoon goes for long walks. Seton being only seven hours from Venice, may go for the balance of the winter. Trent, where the great council was held, is only 20 miles away, Father Kloutzen, the Jesuit Writer, lives in a monastery near Seton. He is Seton's confessor and knows Brownson by reputation only. Seton will return to Munich in April. If the Jesuits open up on Brownson, Seton advises him to cut loose with heavy fire. The Review came last week and Seton felt like a warhorse while reading it. Louis Veuillot is the religious bully of European Catholics hence Brownson's criticism is not too severe. Montalembert is crushed under the heel of Veuillot who has done nothing, as compared to Montalembert, Seton is convinced that republicanism would not do for Europe. A good constitutional monarchy would be the best thing. It will be many years before the Catholics recover the ground they have lost. The tide is against the Church in Europe. Vouillot is injuring the Church as much as Bismarck did. Seton will try to get the last thing that Montalembert wrote and will send it to Brownson. The title is "L'Espagne and la Liberts" it is severe on the Jesuits. A few books have interested Seton, such as Father Augustin Theiner's "Pontificate of Clement 14th", Seton thinks the papal Bull "dominicus ac Redemptor" ought to open up the people's eyes to truth. Father (Augustine) Hewit lectured before the Xavier Union on Pope Clement 14th in a way that accounted Seton. Father Theiner's book was probably not read by Hewit. The book shows clearly that in the last century the Jesuits did little toward education in Germany or Portugal. Seton is praying hard that his brother Robert. (Seton) will not fall into Veuillot's hands. The only common sense Catholic publication is the Brownson Review and Seton wants Brownson to take the Review with him when Brownson exchanges worlds. Seton would hate to see the Review published under Brownson's name by some "booby". Brownson need not answer the letter but Seton will write once in a while.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 12mo. - {5}