University of Notre Dame


(1875) (Mar.)
New York Archdiocese: (New York, New York)

It appears from cable despatches that the usual etiquette in the conferring of the cardinalate at Rome will not be dispensed with in the case of Cardinal (John) McCloskey.

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1875 Mar.
New York Archdiocese: (New York, New York)

The American Cardinal - (John) McCloskey. The Archbishop of Baltimore, James Roosevelt Bayley is to confer the berretta. Mgr. (Cesare) Roncetti, the delegate sent to notify McCloskey of his appointment, is also charged with a mission from the (Congregation of) the Propaganda in regard to new dioceses in the United States. McCloskey's rank at the Republican Court is yet to be defined.

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1875 March,
Xavier Alumni Society, Monthly Bulletin: (New York, New York)

This printed bulletin gives the hours for an Easter Communion Mass, in addition to names of a number of members and routine announcements of future business of the group. (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers)

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(1875) (Mar.)
Sorin, C.S.C., Father E(dward F.): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of Cin(cinnati, Ohio)

Sorin returned late last night and hastens to write to Purcell. Purcell has seen the telegram Archbishop (John McCloskey) received from Rome. Sorin is not surprised and has looked for it since 1853, as Sorin had urged 3 or 4 cardinals on Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo who said frequently it would be done. Now it is only half done and he wants Rome to see that it has no truer frineds than in the far west. When Sorin wrote to Rome after Purcell's visit to St. Mary's, he received an answer stating that the cardinal prefect would tell Purcell how glad Rome would be to see him bring an American pilgrimage to Rome. Rome would be glad to see Purcell at the head of the pilgrimage but would not interfere because of the dissension that existed in the other pilgrimage between Bishop (Joseph) Dwenger and Father Daly. If Purcell would lead the pilgrimage Sorin would go also, although this would be his 30th crossing. There is time yet but none to lose. $500 would care for the expenses for the 3 months trip.

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1875 March 1
Brownson, Jr, Orestes A.: Dubuque, Iowa
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Orestes reports that he and his family have just moved into a small farm on the outskirts of Dubuque. He asks his father to assist him in procuring farm stock and a cow. It was below zero when they moved and the children all got colds, nothing serious.

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1875 Mar. 1
M(c) Cartey, M.A.: Cresco, I(ow)a
 to James A(lphonsus) M(c) Master: (New York, New York)

M(c)Cartey asks McMaster to sent him a vial of water of Lourdes.

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1875 March 3
L(innemann), Abbie P.: Boston, Massachusetts
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson has an invitation to come to Boston to renew old acquaintances from the writer and her husband. Brownson is to write what day he is coming and is to remain a week or longer. Her mother should go to Addies because she needs her worse than the writer does.

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1875 Mar. 4
G(iessen), C.SS.R. F(ather) (C.J.): (New Orleans, New Orleans)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

McMaster is asked if he does not think the enclosed article is prophetic. Enclosure: an article entitled "The Dead Republic", taken from the N(ew) O(rleans) Bulletin, Mar. 4, 1875.

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1875 Mar. 6
Armand-Calliat: Lyons, (France)
 to (FatherEdward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

They feel that more explanations are required. To show the difficulty in the execution of the design of the lamp at Paray they are sending 4 copies published in the Echo de Fourviere concerning a similar lamp that has been installed. He has also instructed a photographer to make six different pictures of the lamp and is sending them by Father Gregoire, the assistant general of Neuilly for (James Alphonsus) McMaster and anyone else (Sorin) wishes. He speaks of another bit of jewelry he is sending. Probably the Abbe Vernay has not explained sufficiently the position of the American lamp in the sanctuary, which is the place of honor. This will make some difference. He has not received word that the lamp for Notre Dame has been satisfactory. P.S. He paid the insurance for the ocean trip.

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1875 March 6,
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

The writer has written McMaster a previous letter inquiring as to the full meaning of some of McMasters' statements on "Temperance" in the Feb. 5, (1875) issue of the Freeman's Journal. He explains that he is ignorant of Theology and is merely a Puer (boy) in the "arena" of Theology, but even so, he has been misquoted in his former letter. The purpose of the letter Puer, states was merely to ask polite questions on the article and not to raise the objections or "posers" of which McMaster blames him. Puer asks McMaster (1.) whether or not the article has been subject to criticism; (2.) whether McMaster himself would point out exactly what his statements meant; (3.) whether or not the article was written in justice to Cardinal Manning; and (4.) whether McMaster would publish the former note of Puers. Puer had not meant to criticize or deny statements in the article but only to ask McMaster to explain them. Since McMaster admits of much criticism, the first question has been answered. As to the second, Puer claims McMaster has a duty to his readers, as a journalist to explain his exact meaning and also a duty to himself to maintain his prestige. The questions Puer has asked have been considered as "posers" by McMaster and have been fathered" upon Puer, but he denies their authorship. Puer asks exact proof of any statements on "Temperance" made by Cardinal Manning but McMaster has overlooked this question. Puer asks McMaster to prove logically and conclusively his statement "Total abstinence is not a virtue" Puer claims that there is not such thing as theoretical and (perfect) total abstinence, and says rather that the matter should be looked at from a practical point of view. Puer's contention is that any man who used drink most moderately and occasionally for medicinal purposes is in reality a practical total abstainer and his self denial makes abstinence a real virtue; McMaster was looking at the question too theoretically and should explain exactly what he meant.

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1875 Mar. 9
Birk C.P. (Father) Philip: Carroll, M(arylan)d
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

A bill for the works of Gioberti is enclosed and Brownson will have to call at the express office for them. Birk had hopes of delivering the works himself. He had the books bound. Two mistakes were made by the printer. A lecture is to be delivered next week and the topic was taken out of Brownson's article on Father Thebaud's book. Birk will blame Brownson if too much praise is given Ireland. He is glad to hear that Brownson will lecture in Boston next month which fact proves that the latter's health is good. He prays to God daily to guide Brownson's pen. Father Birk is happy to think that Brownson is so faithful to the Sacred Heart. He wishes they who defend it so strongly would say what the devotion is. The letter is written in great haste because Birk has to administer the last sacraments to one who is dying.

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1875 March 9
Goetz, (Father) F(rancis): Dayton, (Ohio)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Father Goetz read in the January number of the Review, Brownson's notice of Alzag's Manual which was translated by Dr. Tabish etc. The advice sought by Goetz was found in the article. Some of the works which Father Goetz likes to read and which he possesses are enumerated. But he claims his duties require so much of his time that he feels he will be unable to read Rohrbacher in its entirety. The German of Rohrbacher is a considerable improvement on the original French.

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1875 Mar. 10
Lamy, J(ohn) B., Bishop of Santa Fe: Santa Fe, N(ew) M(exico)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has not answered Purcell's letter because of his absence for ten days. He thanks him for the complimentary lines, but he has no official document on the subject. The Sisters of Charity are all well. The people are very poor this year. He sends respects to Father Ed(ward) Purcell.

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1875 Mar. 11,
Brown, Mrs. Mary A.: Pitt(sburgh, Pennsylvania)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Mrs. Brown writes to McMaster explaining that, although her father had owed him $8.00 on the newspaper, her mother had not known of it. She mentions the sudden death of her father and the ill health and hard times of her mother but states that the money will be paid in part or in full as soon as it could possibly be done. She also asks the discontinuance of the newspaper.

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1875 Mar. 12,
O'Farrell, Thomas: Philad(elphi)a, (Pennsylvania)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

O'Farrell tells McMaster that Harper's Magazine had published the statement that Pope Nicholas III in the thirteenth century had issued a mandate cited in the ninety-sixth distinction of Canon Law to the effect that; viz. "It is evident that the Roman Pontiff cannot be judged of man since he is God" O'Farrell doubts both the source and content of this statement and asks McMaster's opinion on it.

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1875 Mar. 13
Bonnaffé, Father Juan José: Santiago, Cuba
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Replying to Perché's letter of February 18, Bonnaffé would like to help alleviate the evils which press down upon his diocese, but he is prevented by the situation in Cuba. The daughters of the very unfortunate Mr. Commonfort implored his assistance in the name of their martyred father, but he could only help them a little. He is thus unable to come to the aid of a diocese which, upon his arrival in America he adopted. Nevertheless, he is sending a small sum in memory of New Orleans, the convent of the Ursulines, and their ex-chaplain. One of their priests has told him that it was hoped to form a Spanish congregation in New Orleans, but that he was prevented from doing so by the necessity of building a church. Bonnaffé has some funds in France due from the State. If Perché will answer some questions about the costs of construction and of land, after seeking the advice of Mr. Paux, Bonnaffé will determine if he can spend his last days in New Orleans. He does not know of Father Ignace Santo, S.J., has presented to Perché his greetings, a task with which he charged him in a letter announcing that Cardinal (Lucien) Bonaparte had sent to Bonnaffé, directly from Rome, the bull relieving him of the censure he had incurred unintentionally for having given allegiance to the Archbishop elected by the Spanish nation but not approved by the Holy Father. Marie, who is raising two young orphans, whom they will confide to the care of the Ursulines if they return to New Orleans, asks him to thank Perché for his remembrance. (P.S.) For Mr. Paux: Bonnaffé has asked the king for his pension in order to build a church in New Orleans for the Spanish population which he will do as soon as possible with the assistance and approval of Perché. (P.P.S.) In order to avoid all the formalities which the Spanish require and to save Perché the expenses which the small sum that he is sending would require, he has sent his order to E. Olivier, the banker of Pope Pius IX in France, who also handles Bonnaffé's affairs.

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1875 Mar. 13
Burns, Father John: Ishpeming, Michigan
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York)

Burns has been reading the Journal and about the school scandal of Detroit and he wishes to inform McMaster of the "gentleman of Colorado". Father (Honoratus) Bourion was ordained by Bishop (Frederick) Baraga and sent to Negaunee. With the growth of the iron mining Catholics came in. Yet he kept the parish outside Marquette until 1869, when he was forced out. He had an assistant, now at Red Wing, Minnesota. When the Bishop went to Rome in 1869, Bourion obtained powers as vicar general but did not stay in his parish. In 1871, by reason of family scandals he obtained an exeat and went to Colorado. 1. Bourion took up the penny collection in his biretta and in his stovepipe on feast days. 2. When the bishop of visitation forbade him to do this he served only soup at dinner, saying that was all he could afford, although he had an income of $4,000 to $5,000. 4. He sold a horse and buggy the people bought him and pocketed the money. 5. In 1865 he obtained from the bishop the pew rent in one church which was $3,000, in another $2,000 and another $500. 6. He collected and kept most of the jubilee alms of 1869. 7. Obtaining powers of attorney from the bishop he plunged the church into debt, spending $12,000 on a wooden church. Bourion had little faith, if any, and goes hand in hand with the Freemasons and speaks against infallibility. Burns encloses a letter (not given) which shows him to be a liar, since his mother died March 29, 1872.

P.S. If McMaster exposes him, he is not to expose Burns at the same time.

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1875 Mar. 13
Eastman and Bartlett, Booksellers: Chicago, Illinois
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

The accept Edwards' offer on Blackwood. They cannot let the Index volume go at that price as they bought it separately in New York, while the set was imported from Europe. They will make a draft on him for $90.

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1875 Mar. 14,
Scott, Alice: Detroit, Mich(igan)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster): (New York, New York)

Scott asks McMaster to decide an important question she has been debating continually. She states that, since the Catholic Church condemns the public school system of education as being Godless and prohibits attendance under pain of sin, —is it not therefore a worse sin for a Catholic to teach in a public school? She asks him to publish his answer in the paper.

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1875 Mar. 14
Brownson, Orestes A., Jr.: Dubuque, Iowa
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's gift arrived safely and thanks are given for it. Orestes Jr. has moved out from town and has rented a large house and 2 acres of ground for $132. Repairs are to be made by Orestes Jr. where necessary. He wants to work into farming, nevertheless, he is continuing his studies. Orestes' experience taught him that farm implements and animals are necessary. Some chickens have been purchased with the money which Brownson sent. Orestes walks to and from school. His son John (Brownson) cares little for study. Orestes hopes to be successful in farming this present year. The children are good workers. It is Orestes' plan to get a start at farming, drop school, move south and west to a new place, where they may be practical Catholics. He would like to go to California. If it is little trouble to Brownson, Orestes would like to have his father's advice. Anne Brownson the one that had the St. Vitus dance is much better.

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1875 Mar. 15,
Connor, Thomas B. (?): New York, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Connor (?) asks McMaster to send him a book he had mentioned. The writer's purpose is to obtain information on Monsignor Pacca, and Monsignors Vitaleski, Randi, Nino Simoni, Antui Mattei.

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1875 Mar. 15
Marks, Jew: Alexandria, L(ouisian)a
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

Marks thinks Brownson's review of Professor Tyandall's address was a water line shot that awakened Brownson's professed contempt. Marks cannot conceive how Brownson can reconcile a belief in an eternal future spiritual existence with a belief in the origin or the end of things. Arguments are presented by Marks to fortify his point of view. In view of his arguments Marks does not see how Brownson can call Professor Tyandall an a theist or a materialist. He says Professor Tyandall seems earnest, a sincere searcher of truth.

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1875 Mar. 16
(Brownson), Henry (F.): Detroit, Mich(igan)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Henry is much concerned with the condition of Sarah (Tenney) his sister, and would like Brownson to keep him informed of her condition, until she is strong. Henry will move soon to Hamtramck. There will be advantages and disadvantages to the move, although, Henry believes, the fresh air will do the family good. When situated Henry will try to write an article for the Review. He seems to know a great deal of many things but not enough on any one subject to write an article about it. Henry will write an article when he is settled and let Brownson be the judge.

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1875 Mar. 16
New York Herald: (New York, New York)

Dispatches received from Rome from Archbishop (John) McCloskey. The allocution of Pope Pius IX to the Sacred College: the Church of Christ persecuted - dangers to religion and to Society - godless education and German imperialism - priests forced into the army - degraded students foisted on the churches - nomination of five cardinals in petto - a solemn charge relative to the pontifical succession. Archbishop (James Roosevelt) Bayley's sentiments on the honor to America. Bishop (James) Gibbons seconds Bayley's sentiments.

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1875 Mar. 16
New York Herald: (New York, New York)

Editorial on the creation of the new cardinals and the pope's allocution. It congratulates Cardinal (John) McCloskey.

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1875 Mar. 18,
De Pauw, Father Edmund M.: Chateaugay, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

De Pauw congratulates McMaster on his excellent news columns and especially for the treatment of the matter of Archbishop's promotion. A long letter from their common friend, Miss (Ella B.) Edes, failed to mention the promotion. De Pauw was surprised by the unexpected news chiefly because Archbishop (John McCloskey) absented himself at the final vote on the Infallibility question. De Pauw is certain that McCloskey has been blamed for the promotion of Bishop John Conroy, and expresses hope that the new Cardinal will continue to show the courage he displayed in his pastoral and bring some action on the question of promoting Catholic schools. He asks if is is not the Congreg(ation) of the H(oly) Office which has jurisdiction in the matter of schools. He is very glad that Msgr. Cesare Roncetti is coming to N(ew) Y(ork) since he enjoys influence at the Propaganda and has been spoken of as successor to Simeoni whom good authority has pronounced a Cardinal. De Pauw could do much good if he could be introduced to him (Roncetti) by some member of the Hierarchy. If Simeoni should ever leave the Propaganda, it would be a death blow to it. He (Simeoni) may go for a few weeks to Madrid and be promoted to Prefect of the Propaganda, since conditions are not very flourishing there now. Miss Edes said she sent McMaster some offices and Masses for his Bishop, Father O'Haine and De Pauw. He asks McMaster if he ever got the fine Jerusalem Crucifix from P.W. O'Connell, 48 Pine St. since he did not wish to leave it. McMaster should open a subscription for the H(oly) Father to be sent him on the day he begins the 30th year of his Pontificate. Hard times militate against such a campaign but (De Pauw) offers a $20.00 subscription. He wishes McMaster continued health and blessings upon his children, especially Alphonsus (Jr.).

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1875 Mar. 19
Borgess, Caspar, Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, Michigan
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Borgess has had frequent occurances of the type given by Mr. Cunningham of Exeter. It places him between the two fires of the congregation and the pastor. As far as he can learn the schoolmaster Ferd(inand) Galen traded off the note of $200 to Mr. Cunningham, a farmer, for a horse. Living a good distance from Westphalia, Cunningham was in good faith, but should have suspected that something was wrong. The congregation, represented by a church-committee, refused to acknowledge the debt, not having been consulted, and the furniture for which the note was given not having been accepted, and Father (A.S.) Leitner and Galen having been notified to remove them. Borgess has called in Father Leitner and Father J.E. Reiffert to discuss the matter. Borgess is glad that Bishop (Richard) Gilmour is better. He hopes that the speech credited to Father (J.) Conway will prove a mistake, as it was not in accordance with his past.

P.S.—Father F(erdinand) Allgayer continued to storm but has given Borgess until March 15, and threatens the press and Rome in the matter. However, Father (Henry) H.J. Schutjes is prepared to make "Mr. Allgayer a very sick man". The case of Father (Henry P.) Delbaere he hopes is settled, although the public is convinced that he was justified and the bishop condemned by Rome. It is this assurance that gave Allgayer his impetus.

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1875 Mar. 19,
Drake, Ella C.: (New York, New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Miss Drake received his letter and was unable to accept his dinner invitation but expected to see him at his office in regards to the "lots" of news he said he had. She supposes that a portion of the news is to announce "Our First American Cardinal" and expresses disbelief in all the Herald has said about it. Miss Edes recent letters have contained a number of messages supposedly for insertion in the Pilgrims Album. Miss Edes says the Holy Father will have forgotten about the Pilgrimage unless you send him the paper. Miss Drake looks upon the Jubilee and the American Cardinal as being bad signs which may bring sad and dreaded tidings later and advises McMaster to send anything he has to send the Holy Father, right away.

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1875 March 20
Fitzgerald, T. J.: Louisville, K(entuck)y
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Fitzgerald enclosed an extract from Lawrence Johnson. The subject is not one for him hence he sent it to Brownson. Converted Masons are few. The hint suggested by Johnson may be of some help to Brownson.

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1875 Mar. 20
Freeman's Journal and Catholic Register: (New York, New York)

An account of the receiving of the news of Archbishop (John) McCloskey being made a Cardinal. A report on the allocution of Pope Pius IX as given in the New York Herald of March 16. A sketch of Cardinal McCloskey.

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1875 Mar. 21
Parker, Eliza R.: Bedford Springs, (Pennsylvania)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)

Miss Parker has been trying to sell her manuscript but as yet no success. She wants Brownson's help. The story is devoted to Mrs. (Madeleine Vinton) Dahlgren and with her help also, the manuscript cannot fail. If necessary Parker will sell it to a magazine to be published as a serial. She wants Brownson to introduce her to some Catholic paper or magazine. She already writes for the Ave Maria. She would like to know if Brownson has an acquaintance with the "De La Salle Monthly." Brownson is not a stranger to her because the Review used to be her constant companion. She herself places no undue value on her manuscript.

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1875 Mar. 22,
"L": Waterloo, (New York?)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

"L" had read an interview between a Catholic priest and a N(ew) York Sunday Herald reporter and wonders if any Catholic priest could make such statements. "L" is astonished that priests cannot be so trusted and the "liberal Catholics" exist in America. There has been so much heretical shifting in England and Germany. America should not follow the same path. The "nest" is N(ew) York must be forced to take sides and not occupy an equivocal position. Such priests who have the pens of the reporters at their service, are playing havoc and should be forbidden to continue. In the fight for principles we cannot afford to be betrayed on all sides. "L" says he is a priest of the Catholic church and would die for his faith but until he hears certain voices stating the policy and action of the church, he will disgustfully throw down his pen and remain silent.

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1875 Mar. 25
Dubuis, C(laude) M(ary), Bishop of: Galveston, (Texas)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Dubuis received the good news in Perché's letter of the 19th. He will be happy to meet Perché and Bishop (Auguste Marie Martin) in New York on April 17. He will be accompanied by Father (Stephen) Buffard, since due to his rheumatism he can no longer trust himself to travel alone. He will have to remain in France through May and be in Rome from June 15 to the 20th. Perché should let him know when he will be in Rome and if necessary, he will modify his plans.

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1875 (Mar. 27)
(Corrigan), Michael, Bishop of Newark: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He asks information regarding a proposed colony of Franciscan Brothers of Cincinnati to look after the wayward boys of New Jersey. He would appreciate a reply giving whatever information regarding them Purcell thinks necessary. He takes for granted that the brothers would not think of coming without proper sanction from Purcell.

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1875 Mar. 27,
Pouzolz, Capt(ain): (New York, New York)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

A printed invitation to dine on board the steamer Amerique at Pier 50, North River, on Wednesday (March) 30, 1875.

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1875 Mar. 27
Rougé, F(ranci)s: New Iberia, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

A receipt for $100 on the account of Father (Jean Arthur) Poyet.

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1875 Mar. 29,
Buffard, Theo(dore,): (Texarkana, Texas)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

McMaster has asked for information on the Sacred Ritual so Buffard will submit a few remarks. Texarkana is still in infancy and far from civilization and books but he will give him what he has found despite the fact that his only books of note are 2 Catechisms by Bauiers. In the seminary he had been told that one could only translate the Canon of the Mass into the vernacular if the Latin appeared on the opposite column or page and existing prayer books seemed to bear this out. The decision given by the Bishop of Langres on June 6, 1851 must be understood in the same light. This decision may be found in the Catechism of Abbe' Guillois, vol(ume) 4, lesson 13. (The decision is here written in Latin.) Buffard also recommends "L'Amide la Religion", of July 12, 1851. There is another answer in this same catechism to a priest in La Rochelle but it is not very clear. On the other hand Abbe Guillois concludes from "Manuel de Piete" that neither the canon nor the Ordinary may be translated into the vernacular at any time. Buffard has been unable to find any more references. He concludes that the Ordinary of the mass may be translated if the Latin appears on opposite columns or pages. This answer will have to be sufficient until more light can be thrown upon the subject. If the letter is published the name "Theodore" only should be signed.

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1875 Mar. 29
Jenkins, Father T. J.: Hardinburg, K(entuck)y
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Jenkins sends information on the question, whether or not it is permissable to publish to Ordinary of the Mass in the vernacular. From "Correspondence de Rome" of (18)51, published with approval of an Italian and a Belgian Bishop as well as a "Magister Socius" O.P.S.P.A., he sends in Latin in casus on the question by Rev. F.X. Muratte, French editor of the Roman Brev(lary) and Missal for the diocese of Rupellen, France and the answer of S.R.C. of Sept. 7, 1850 that the questioner should consult his bishop.

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1875 Mar. 31
Nelson, T.A.: Memphis, Tenn(essee)
 to E.M. Hudson: New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Nelson appreciates the desire of Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché) to close up his business affairs, and he and the others at the Southern Life Insurance Company want to cooperate. The maximum cash value they can afford to pay for the policies is $2925. The balance on (Perché's) note of December 31 is $2960. If (Perché) desires to settle the note in this fashion, papers can be exchanged. He encloses a copy of the form Hudson desired. P.S. If the proposition is accepted, no claim will be made for the small difference of $35. (Enclosure): Permission is granted to Perché to travel on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean and reside or travel in Europe until January 1, 1876, without prejudice to his life insurance policies.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}