University of Notre Dame


1875 Apr. 1
De Pauw, Father E(dmund) M.: Chateaugay, New York
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He is very grateful for McMaster's invitation to the reception of the Papal Envoys, however he declines it for he feels that he is too insignificant a person to intrude into the presence of the messengers of the Holy Father. This conviction is so sincere that it has kept him from writing the Archbishop. He thinks that he does not deserve the exalted consideration which McMaster holds him. The only motive that could have induced him to yield to the invitation would be to speak to in Italian with Msgr. Roncetti on the state of things here, trying to convey to him some of McMaster's impressions. He thinks McMaster did an admirable task in providing the reception for the Envoys and that they will feel grateful. He hopes that McMaster will use this opportunity to foster the interests so dear to him. He wishes McMaster every success and prays that he will succeed.

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1875 April 3,
Blanchet, F(rances) N(orbert), Bishop of Oregon City: Portland, Oregon
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

Blanchet asks McMaster concerning a man who arrived in Portland in December, 1874, calling himself Father Daniel. The man claims to be from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and says that his name is listed as Rev. Alphonsus B. David in the Directory of 1873 on page 351. He has only three papers, one supposedly from his Bishop, dated Jan. 17, 1873, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also has a letter supposedly from the Bishop of Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, recommending him. He claims to be travelling from Ireland but shows no signature of any Bishop either before or after Jan., 1873. When he began to collect money, the Archbishop forbade him. He went to Boise Fort, Idaho, and was entertained by Rev. Toussaint Mesplie, chaplain, but reports are that he gave scandal by becoming drunk on the journey and also similar reports reached him concerning his stay in San Francisco. Blanchet advises McMaster to watch out for this man since he might come East, and sends him a clipping from the Portland Daily Oregonian concerning the entire affair. The clipping is attached to the inside fold of the letter.

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1875 Apr. 7
Roncetti, Monsignor (Cesar): (New York, New York)
 to Cardinal John McCloskey: (New York, New York)

Copy of a speech on the conferring of the red hat on McCloskey. Pope Pius IX has commissioned Roncetti as Ablegate Apostolic, to present the red hat to Archbishop McCloskey. Roncetti presents his felicitations on the occasion when the first American has been raised to this honor. The Holy Father wanted to recognize the Archbishop's singular merits and long service to the Church, and at the same time to show his love for the Catholics of the United States, and to express his affection for this illustrious nation, where along with the great commercial and material progress, he sees some great progress in moral and religious matters. This new dignity will be a great consolation to Catholics in this country, and will serve to reaffirm the bonds of faith and of charity which unite the Church.

I-1-d - Copy in hand of the Ablegate - (French) - 2pp. - folio - {1}

1875 April 10,
Del, Monieri, Count: San Salvador's Bay
 to Mrs. Del Monieri: (New York, New York)

He leaves again in a few days. His escape from the liberals will be the subject of much conversation when he is home. He will send her $600 when he reaches England. He inquires for the children and will bring her a present when he sees her again, also some for the children. If he had not escaped he would have been sent to the Philippine Islands. By stealing a carriage he managed to get away and was taken in by several British officers, who helped him get aboard the ship "Iris". (In the James Alphonsus McMaster collection.)

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1875 April 10
Konings, C.SS.R. Father A(nthony): (Ilchester), Maryland
 to the Father Minister (Father Joseph Helmpraecht, C.SS.R.) (of the Redemptorists):

He has spoken to Doctor Chapelle on the subject of the (Minister's) Catechisms and he recommended them. Konings writes to him so that he will speak to Chapelle. He begs the Minister to ask (James Alphonsus) McMaster to speak of the new Vives, 1874 edition of the Moral Theology of St. Alphonsus. The Pastoral Blatt has spoken highly of it in April, 1875. The Minister is to tell (McMaster) to add to what he has said that the failure to insert the Constitution ("Apostolicae Sedis") changes the whole work since there is not treatise which is not affected by the new Pontifical Constitution; that it is necessary to treat all the new questions; that the author has not cited the new decisions; that the Latin of the preface is unintelligible for one who does note know French; that the author does not cite the "Vindiciae Alphonsianae", although they are cited in Scavini and the work of Msgr. Feye. P.S. He sends his regards to the Rector and others at St. Alphonsus. (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers).

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1875 Apr. 13
Kelly, Tho(ma)s X(avie)r: St. Louis, Mo.
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

As McMaster may have seen from his exchange list through the columns of the "Western Watchman" he showed up some of the un-Catholic utterances of the "Ritual" of the modern "United Irishmen". This led to a discussion with a party in Iowa. He asks McMaster to publish in the Journal the "Ritual" with printed comments on the same. He wants to give the Pseudo-Catholic-Irish Society a thorough going over. He will be ready to furnish the original volume at any time, which the United Irishmen could not get out of his possession. He suggests that the "Ritual" be published in successive installments and McMaster could give them an editorial lashing they deserve.

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1875 Apr. 15
McCarthy, E. M.: Syracuse, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

A check was enclosed for $25. McCarthy hopes it will renumerate for Brownson's time spent on "Prisoners of St. Lazari". If not enough McCarthy will treble the amount. Brownson's article on "Our Colleges" aroused the writer's interest. He does not see why those persons are such critics of Brownson. McCarthy liked Brownson's notice on "Maria Monk's Daughter". "The finger of God" seemed specially indiciable in her return to Catholicity. McCarthy feels no one was injuired. He is generally thought to be ultra in his notion of female decorum. McCarthy does not see why we have to cover up. He says that society has covered up so well that it has become rotten from the core. McCarthy wishes he could wield a pen as well as Brownson. The present letter was written in confidence. The letter has been written a portion at a time.

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1875 Apr. 16
Blanchet, F(rancis) N(orbert) Archbishop of Oregon City: Portland, Oregon
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Blanchet sends a copy of his letter to Cardinal (John) McCloskey, Archbishop of New York, congratulating him on his appointment as Cardinal. In it he congratulates McCloskey in the name of his archdiocese on the honor confirmed on him and on the American Church. He wishes him long years as a Cardinal. Blanchet tells McMaster to do as he pleases with the letter.

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1875 April 17,
Laurent, Father P.: Muscatine, Iowa
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

The Preface of the third volume of Dom. P. Gueranger's "Institutions liturgiques" contains a decision of the (Sacred) L. Congregation of Rites, which he thinks will not be without interest to many of the readers of the Journal. A question which the Bishop of Langres proposed was answered by the Sacred Congregation. He hopes McMaster will excuse his intruding upon his time.

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1875 Apr. 19
(Corrigan), M(ichael) Bishop of Newark: Newark, (New Jersey)
 to ARchbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He delayed answering Purcell's letter in hopes of giving information regarding the proposed Protectory. He has failed to get any other brothers for the project. It is wonderful that Purcell can work so much and endure so many fatigues. He passed through Lent very well and the long Ceremonies of the Consecration of the Cathedral. He hopes to receive Purcell in Newark. He has written to Mount Alverno to ask help for the Protectory. He sends regards to the Vicar General (Father Edward Purcell) and the other gentlemen at the Cathedral.

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1875 April 19
Estragues, Father E.: Petaluma, California
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Father Estragues, a Spaniard, who has a brother in the field of D. Carlos, and another (brother) who was imprisoned for the same cause, must become a subscriber to the (Journal).

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1875 April 19
Cassatt, A. J.: Philadelphia, P(ennsylvani)a
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Mr. Cassatt, third vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, tells McMaster he will send a special railroad car to Jersey City for the use of his party on the Limited Express the following Wednesday. He encloses a separate signed letter to the conductor to pass the entire party from New York to Philadelphia.

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1875 April 19
Lambing, Father A.A.: Pittsburgh, P(ennsylvani)a
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Father Lambing has sent Brownson an article entitled "The Orphan's Friend", a work which he published. The purpose of the book is to serve as a moral instruction for orphans after they leave the home. He felt the need of such a work and having written it, submits the text to Brownson for judgment. If the work comes up to standard Father Lambing would like for Brownson to notice it in the Review. Maybe D. & J. Sadlier the publisher has already sent Brownson a copy.

I-4-f - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}

1875 April 20
Jenkins, Father T. J.: Louisville, Kentucky
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Jenkins, using the name "Testis", writes a letter for publication telling of the celebration by the school children of the 22nd anniversary and 47th birthday of Father Louis Bax, pastor of St. John's Church. At the ceremony were 12 priests including representatives from the Jesuits, Franciscans, Josephites, and also the Rev. Cha(rle)s Coomes. He praises the conduct of the children at the celebration and lists the enrollment of St. John's School at that time as being 275 boys and girls.

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1875 April 23
Pinsonnault, Adolphe, Bishop of Bertha: (Montreal), (Quebec)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Pinsonnault sends $1 to McMaster to be included in the contribution for the lamp of Paray-le-Monial to be offered by the U. S. Catholics.

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

1875 April 25
Roncetti, Monsignor Cesar, Ablate Apostolic: New York, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Roncetti encloses a letter from Mr. A. T. Cassat, vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which he asks (McMaster) to read and if suitable to send to Cassat. He also thanks McMaster for his many kindnesses.

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1875 Apr. 26
Hemenway, (Abby Maria): Burlington, V(ermon)t
 to Orestes A, Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Brownson's Review came at an opportune time. She spent the winter alone. The articles contained in the Review were good. The criticism of "Maria Monk's Daughter" was kind. Hemenway had read Mrs. (Madeleine Vinton) Dahlgren's criticism in the Ave Maria. The April number was acknowledged. She had to get someone to live with her because the house was so large, so much ground and Miss Hemenway did not want just anyone. Her sister and husband would have come if she repaired the house to suit them but such would be too expensive. The probate court in regard to the will of General Clarke's mother … (Incomplete sentence). The contested case will not come up for trial until fall. An extra leaf of General D. W. Clarke's biography was enclosed. Much of the work has been stereotyped. Brownson is supposed to write his autobiography and send it to Hemenway.

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1875 April 27
(Straniero, Germano):
Discourse of the Ablegate Apostolic
 to (Archbishop John McCloskey):

He present McCloskey the letters of credence from Pope Pius IX in which he is charged with the mission as ablegate apostolic to give McCloskey the red biretta, symbol of the Cardinalcy. In attending to McCloskey's orders for celebrating the great ceremony he is happy to express his humble and devout felicitations on McCloskey's exaltation to the Cardinalcy, a dignity which for the first time in the history of the American Church has been conferred by the Holy Father, who wishes first to reward McCloskey's singular merits and long service given the Church and at the same time a testimony of his paternal love for American Catholics and an expression of his sympathy for that illustrious nation in which along with great commercial and material advance one yet sees progess in moral and religious interests. This testimony on the part of His Holiness will doubtless be of great consolation for good Catholics of the United States, and serve to strengthen the bonds of faith and charity uniting them to the Roman Church. Respects. (In the James Alphonsus McMaster papers.)

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1875 Apr. 27
Többe, A(ugustus) M. Bishop of Covington: Covington, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He will be happy to fill Purcell's appointments next Sunday. Last Sunday he sang Pontifical Mass at 10., preached and confirmed and went to five more churches in the afternoon. Father John Menge went to rest this morning. Father (Francis) Karge was buried this morning. He asks Purcell to offer Többe's respects and congratulations to the Cardinal. Since he received no official notice, he did not do so by letter.

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1875 April 29
Richards, H(enry) L.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to Orestes A. Brownson:

Richards is pleased that Brownson visited him and his family; it was an event that they will always remember. He was going to expostulate further with (John Boyle) O'Reilly for his condemnation of the Review, but this would probably he useless and result only in further attackes. The ferocious attack by The Tablet is unfair too. Richards counsels Brownson to be patient because these assaults are part of the will of God. He remarks that the kind Lord knows what He is doing, and the greater the trial the greater the merit. If Brownson's enemies could imagine the depth and goodness of Brownson's soul they would rather cut off their writing arms than say a word against him. He asks God to bless Brownson.

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1875 April 30
Jones, W.: Toledo, Ohio
 to James F. Edwards: Notre Dame, Indiana

He encloses money for his son John to attend a show in South Bend. He does not object if the permission is general among the boys.

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