University of Notre Dame


1875 Feb. 1
(Gillespie, C.S.C.), Sister M(ary) of:
St. Cecelia's Academy Washington, D. C.
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

She thanks McMaster for his sympathy at the time of the death of her brother, Father (Neal) Gillespie. At the same time, she encloses an advertisement to be inserted in the Journal for the next three months, and asks for an editorial by McMaster. The bill for the advertisement should be sent to Sister Superior, St. Catherine's Institute, Baltimore, Md.

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1875 Feb. 1
Sbisa, Jos(eph): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana

A receipt for $3 for one month as private watchman.

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1875 Feb. 4
Juliana, Sister M.: Providence, R(hode) I(sland)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Sister is preparing an album of autographs and would like to have Brownson's. If Brownson will send his along with the address of other distinguished persons of Church and State, Sister Juliana would be most grateful. Sister was the classmate of the authoress of "Life of Mother MacAuley".

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1875 Feb. 5
Farrelly, Stephen: New York (City), (New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Farrelly would like to know if Brownson will deliver an address on any subject of his choosing at any date. He would like to have a reply at an early date.

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1875 Feb. 5
Hennessy, Father T(homas): Jefferson, Texas
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

At the request of Mr. F S. Beard, Hennessy mailed a letter of introduction to McMaster and hopes that McMaster and Beard become friends. He is Beard's former pastor. Beard has a nice position in the Sun Office and Hennessy believes McMaster's advice can help the young man. P. S. — Father (Henry) Giesen, while here on a mission, suggested that Beard meet McMaster.

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(1875) (Feb. 6)
Loughlin, John Bishop of Brooklyn: Brooklyn, (New York)
 to (Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell): Cincinnati, Ohio

Father Joseph Brunsmann, O.M.C., died in Brooklyn Sept. 15. He had his life insured for $10,000 and assigned the policy to Loughlin. He requested Loughlin to have the notice of his death published in the Catholic Telegraph so that it might come to the notice of those to whom he might be indebted. Loughlin would have written sooner but he has just received the money.

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1875 Feb. 8
McManus, John M.: Buffalo, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

He asks the law of the church concerning round dances, whether it is recommended or prohibited. McMaster may reply to McManus or to J. M. Reilly.

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1875 Feb. 10,
O'Donahue, (Father) D(enis): Indianapolis, Indiana
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

O'Donahue writes McMaster concerning a petition, signed by himself and the Catholic Clergy and some of the laity of St. John's Parish, to incorporate St. Johns parish school in the common school system of Indianapolis. The petition provided that the same teachers, Brothers of the Sacred Heart, were to continue in charge of the school and that the parish would still retain the building as its own property. It was also agreed that during school hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. no religious exercises would take place. However, the children may attend Mass in the morning and be taught Catechism before or after school hours. O'Donahue says in the petition there is a paragraph which would seem to be objectionable unless the surrounding circumstances are known, that now, some of the Catholics of the parish are criticizing the pastor for signing the petition and maintaining that he is condemned by the Syllabus of Errors. This is not true in reality. O'Donahue says that even though the pastor did no wrong, it is not the kind of thing he likes and his signature is affixed only because he thought it improper to disapprove, publicly, the action of his superior. He tells McMaster that if he receives an account of this petition this letter is an explanation and apology of his actions.

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1875 Feb. 11
Tenney, W(illiam) J.: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
 to (Henry F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

(Sarah M. Brownson Tenney) Presented Tenney with a fine daughter on Sunday night (Feb. 7), weighing about 11 pounds. (Sarah) is now doing extremely well. (Brownson) put on his spectacles and inspected the baby and pronounced its head to be truly a Brownson one. Remembrances to Henry's family.

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1875 Feb. 12
Grace, B(ishop) Thomas L.: St. Paul, (Minnesota)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew J(ersey)

The enclosed is for one copy of the Review. Brownson has done a great service to the cause of truth and for the Church. He thanks God for such a man and prays that he will spare him for many years.

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(1875) (Feb. 12)
Krautbauer, Bishop F(rancis) X.:

Poem of congratulation upon Krautbauer being called to the diocese of Green Bay. Brief notes on the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in America.

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1875 Feb. 12
Wolf(?), Mrs. Anna C.: Bath, (Maine?)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Mrs. Wolf writes McMaster as a fellow-convert praising him for his good work in publishing the (Freeman's Journal). She warns him to guard against expressions of uncharitableness, especially against Spain, and tells him not to let the old protest blood in his veins boil up into an uncharitable heart. The (Freeman's Journal) is the Catholic paper of the States, and McMaster has the chance to do much good work through it.

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1875 Feb. 13,
Molony, Patrick: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Molony asks McMaster to try and understand the purpose he has in writing. He states that the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a legal corporation with the Archbishop (Napoleon J. Perche) as its president, and as such he is liable to be sued in court. With all due praise to the Archbishop he is, nevertheless, not a business man. The affairs of the diocese are in a deplorable state. It is bankrupt and without credit. One parish has a debt of nearly $200,000 and the parishioners have no way of being repaid for their loans to the diocese. The male and female shcools lanquish and the Dominican Convent, formerly donated to them, is being placed unwisely under mortgage. A Convent of Mercy, through no fault of its own has also gotten into a sad fix and education is retarded greatly. Catholic prestige has decreased as scandal has increased. The common opinion here is that an energetic English speaking Bishop is needed since the English speaking people, contrary to the opinion of Rome, are the more zealous. The Bishop seeks to have himself replaced by another French Bishop and since this would produce great dissatisfaction, you would be doing good by using your influence at the Vatican to delay such an appointment. You may inquire as to conditions here from your agent, Mr. Eagan; from Mr. Thomas Layton; or from his son Dr. Thomas Layton; Judge Collens; or anyone else. The Christian Brothers or Redemptorist priests could also tell you a few things, if they would. Also you may consult; Mr. Lancaster, Editor of the Morning Star; Mr. Rapier, Manager of the Morning Star; Rev. Fathers Kenny, Kennedy, and Foote, all of New Orleans. Also; Dr. N. Green or V.P. West.

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1875 Feb. 14
Koop, C. M., Father John H.: Medina, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Koop received Brownson's letter. Since Christmas he has no longer been on mission work but has been a professor of moral theology at the seminary. In the future he will be better equipped to write on philosophical questions. Koop would like to know the last idea expressed in his article which Brownson has, so that he can connect the two. Father Mc Nab of Medina obtained the back numbers of Brownson's Review. Instructions for mailing are given.

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1875 Feb. 15
MacCarthy, John: (New York City, New York)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

MacCarthy has not seen Judge (Tenney) for more than a month, or anyone else of late who has seen Brownson. A great number in the city have been sick from the cold weather. MacCarthy visited Father (Augustus F.) Hewit who informed him that Brownson was a grandfather. Congratulations were extended. Mac Carthy shall see the Judge to ascertain the most opportune time to see Brownson. He has made an application for a position on the New York Tribune but will stay with the Catholic World until a vacancy occurs. Mac Carthy would like to have Brownson's opinion of Newman's reply to Gladstone. Father Hewit has criticized it sharply in the March number of the Catholic World.

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1875 Feb. 16
Dalton, Father T(homas) J.: Grass Valley, (California)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Five dollars is enclosed by Father Dalton in payment of a debt for the Review. He hopes Brownson lives long to defend the church against her enemies.

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(18)75 Feb. 16,
Kain, (Father) John J.: Harper's Ferry, (West Virginia)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Kain says that a sick call prevented his receiving McMaster's telegram until noon (of Feb. 16) He thanks him for sending the news.

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1875 Feb. 16,
Kurzeman, Martin: Shelby, O(hio)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

Kurzeman says he has patented a new type of car coupling and asks McMaster to send him the addresses of N(ew) Y(ork) railroads so he can contact them. He asks if R.B. McMaster, lawyer, is a brother of McMaster and if he could sell the invention. He further inquires whether T.D. Stetson of N(ew) Y(ork) is a safe man to entrust a patent to and if there exists in the country a Catholic scientific society.

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(1875) (Feb. 16)
Loughlin, John Bishop of Brooklyn: Brooklyn, (New York)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, Ohio

It will please Purcell that the young lady to whom he wrote is not in any way related to the Parmentier family of Brooklyn. There is a Parmentier family but Loughlin has been informed that they are New England Protestants. Loughlin met Judge C(harles) P. Daly of New York who asked to be remembered to Purcell. Loughlin hopes to visit Purcell during the summer.

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1875 Feb. 18
Brownson, Anna: North Cambridge, (Massachusetts)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Anna has been ill and that is why she has not written. She was glad to hear that Sister Simplicia had written Brownson. Now Sister Simplicia is waiting to know the subject of Brownson's lecture. Bishop (John J.) Williams is also pleased to know that Brownson intends to lecture. It is better that the lecture is in April because the weather has been bad. The Review was received. The best article was "Maria Monk's Daughter". Anna cannot understand why Father (Joseph M.) Finnotti is so much against the book. Anna gives her opinion in regard to the other articles contained in the Review. There was a book review signed S.M. and Anna wants to know if Sarah (Tenney) is using her pen. Anna is looking forward to Brownson's visit to Boston. She extends her regards to Sarah (Tenney). She wants Brownson to take care of himself because she does not want to be disappointed in his not coming.

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(1875) Feb. 18
New York Herald: (New York, New York)

Proposed creation of cardinals; among those suggested is Archbishop Henry Edward Manning.

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1875 Feb. 19
Henni, John M. Archbishop of Milwaukee: Milwaukee, (Wisconsin)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for his words of congratulation. He did not aspire to that position and is aware of his unworthiness. He hopes that Purcell, who consecrated him Bishop of Milwaukee, may also confer the pallium on him. He prays for Purcell's health and long life.

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1875 Feb. 19
Williams, John J., Archbishop of: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, O(hio)

He is honored by Purcell's letter of Feb. 15. He hopes Purcell will long remain with them as their Dean and their example of zeal and energy. He shall write to his provincial, in regard to Father Straitoman.

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(1875) (after Feb. 20)
(Brownson, Orestes A.):
 to (Henry F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson is behind with his next Review and much pressed for time. Sarah's (Tenney) baby arrived. The child was named Mary Ruth Elizabeth. Dr. Seton was God Father. Sarah has got along pretty well but is weak and tired today. Brownson is glad to hear that all are well. Mary Ruth is a Tenney and not a Brownson. He has been engaged to deliver a lecture on Papist supremacy for the benefit of Carney Hospital. Sister Simplicia requested him.

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1875 Feb. 22,
Schafer, J.W.A.: Burkettsville,
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Schafer encloses $23. $3. is for his subscription, the remainder is in a first mortgage premium bond of the International Exhibition Co(mpany). He asks whether McMaster thinks it advisable to invest in the bonds of this concern. (Enclosure not present.)

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1875 Feb. 23
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Since the publication of the Jubilee by the Archbishop of Baltimore (James R. Bayley) several priests have asked about conditions, supposing that the official documents had come, which according to the Telegraph is not the case. Borgess received the allocution of Dec. 21, 1847 on Feb. 19, It is reported that Father (Henry Polydorus) Delbaere has been received in the diocese of Cleveland and assigned to Archbiald in Fulton County, Ohio. Borgess sincerely hopes that he will make good, but the contagion has transplanted itself and Father F. Allgayer has written him 20 pages of abusive communication. "It is lent!"

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1875 Feb. 23,
Cappiek, W(illiam) J.: Key West, Fl(orid)a
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Cappiek encloses a clipping from the New Orleans Republican in which a vicious attack by Daniel Ullman against the Catholic Church was made. He requests that McMaster answer it. (Clipping enclosed)

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1875 Feb. 25,
Donovan, D. D.: Hartford, Conn(ecticut)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Donovan asks McMaster if the assertion in Gladstones' Pamphlet is true, that the Hierarchy of the Roman Communion, in its pastoral address to the clergy and laity of Ireland, dated Jan. 25, 1823, declared on oath, that the Infallibility of the Pope was not an article of Catholic faith and hence did not require belief. By answering this question Donovan believes that McMaster will refute a base calumny against the Irish priests.

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1875 Feb. 25
Goetz, (Father) F(rancis) J.: Dayton, O(hio)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

In the discharge of their duties, priests find little or no time to read or study. Father Goetz is one of these. When he does read, he reads Brownson's works. He visited Brownson in New York in 1855. A copy of Bronchereau's philosophy was given to Brownson then. Goetz would like Brownson to recommend to him some book or books on the history of the church so that he will be adequately equipped to talk to anyone about the church. Another thing too, Goetz would like to know the manner to be followed in this study.

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1875 Feb. 25,
Middleton, F(athe)r T.G., O.S.A.: Villanova, P(ennsylvani)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Middleton encloses some authentic notes on Bishop Galberry, which, if McMaster works them up, will form a biographical sketch of Bishop Galberry's life. The bulls of his preconization were received by the Prior General of the Order of St. Augustine at the Convent in Rome, Jan(uary) 28. He wonders why McMaster's cablegram did not flash more quickly.

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1875 Feb. 25,
O'Connor D.: Urbana, Ohio
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

O'Connor asks McMaster if he does not think the Protestants of Urbana are hard up for a "defender", when they turn over their church to (Rev. J.G. White) night after night. (He encloses) a printed circular advertising (White's) lectures (folio circular enclosed.)

1875 Feb. 26,
H.S.: Warrington, Florida

A poem of eleven stanzas of four lines each commemorates three sisters who died in Warrington, Florida on September 30, 1874 of yellow fever. The sisters are, Mother Alexandrine, Sister Clotilda, and Sister Annie Teresa. (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers)

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1875 Feb. 27
Borgess, C(aspar) H. Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for his advice and has complied with it. Purcell's wish is law for him. He states some of the reports sent in 1870 by the pastors in order for Purcell to better understand the complaints. In May, 1873, the priests' salaries of $700 was established and the Easter and Christmas collection of $1000. The priests received their house, free of all expense. Borgess hoped this would be a proof of his anxiety for the priests, rather than a cause of complaints. Any statement can only be signed with any inaccuracies pointed out, which was done.

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1875 Feb. 27
Goodrich, E.: London, Ontario
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Goodrich asks that his paper be discontinued because McMaster disregarded his letters telling of some cures brought about by the Lourdes water, while the letters of Mrs. Egan of Woodstock, (Ontario) were published immediately.

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