University of Notre Dame


1875 Sept. 1
Boocher, Catharine E.: Hartford, (Connecticut)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Since she wrote to Purcell, she has learned that he is an archbishop, and not knowing correct form of address, she begins "dear sir" until she learns how it is customary for confiding friends to address, him. She defers any very private letter until she learns from Purcell the reception of her "Reminiscences" and takes up the topic of Purcell's letter of Aug. 10. Prof(essor) Stowe is reading the work in five octaves of Prof(essor) Joseph Von Goeres, and wishes her to do likewise, to learn the views of German priests in Purcell's diocese, and to obtain German reviews of this work by Catholic writers. The author was a political writer for many years and in the controversy about the Archbishop of Cologne, he was led to examine the claims of Purcell's church and became a R(oman) Catholic. But he retained his respect for men such as Luther and Swedenborg and has less bitterness than is common with men who forsake the church in which they were educated for another. He was a professor of physiology and then of history in the University of Munich. He has had many opportunities for investigation and seems decided that saints or the spirits of the invisible would appear to good men and women and he does not assume that these heavenly manifestations are confined to saints of the Catholic Church. In Purcell's letter he says that he believes the evil spirits have more to do in these manifestations than the good ones, implying that good ones sometimes are thus manifested. Von Goeres is very decided that some of these spirits evoked by some mediums are good. Can Purcell obtain for Stowe the views of any German priests as to this work or any notices in Germany or America? Stowe is a medium so far as he seems to be visited by departed friends and cannot prove that they are false nor that they are true. She is at a loss to decide on the nature of any of these modern manifestations. There seems no possible mode of identification when the evil ones take the form of departed friends. Since she wrote last she has changed her address to 182 Macon Street, Brooklyn. She will stay there a week and then go to Guiford, Conn(ecticut). She hopes Purcell will favor her with an early reply.

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1875 Sept. 4
Taylor, F. H.: Niles
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, New York

Some two months ago he received a bill from the Journal saying that his subscription had expired in Feb. 1874. In Sept. 1874 he sent 15 coupons from the Roman Bond to pay for two years subscription up to Feb. 1876. If he did not receive these coupons he will immediately send the money, as he cannot do without the Journal.

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1875 Sept. 6
Chatard, Father Silas M., Rector: American College, Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He acknowledges the receipt of $600 at the request of the Treasurer of the Executive Committee for the second Half, 1874, and 1st half of 1875 from the Burses of the Diocese of Cincinnati.

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1875 Sept. 6
McCloskey, W(illia)m, Bishop of Louisville: Louisville, K(entuck)y
 to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey sends his reply to Father (L.) Bax's card with the card itself for the Telegraph. McCloskey asks Purcell to write the letter to Cardinal (Alexander) Franchi as he promised. Purcell knows him and can give the Cardinal more light than any one else. Father Bax will undoubtedly leave the diocese sooner or later. McCloskey asks Purcell to send a long letter to Cardinal (John) McCloskey giving him his views since he can materially aid McCloskey. When he gets the statement about the nuns near Gethsemani he will let Purcell see it. He denies what the (Benedict Berger Abbot says he insinuated.

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1875 Sept. 6
Morris, William: Chillicothe, Missouri
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Edwards seems to think that as a matter of course Morris must fall in love with every pretty girl he gets acquainted with. He went to Confession and Communion and asks if Edwards is satisfied.

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1875 Sept. 7
B(oyd), Kate: West Hoboken, (New Jersey)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

The writer arrived home safely. She thanks Brownson for his patience and for his interest which he expressed in her manuscript. She is afraid to hope for its success because her hopes may be punctured. If the manuscript is accepted and she is successful, the writer shall be ready to be dubbed "blue stocking" or any other kind of hose in the literary world. She wants Brownson to pray for her.

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1875 Sept. 9
Brownson, O(restes) A.: Eliz(abeth), N(ew) J(ersey)
 to (Henry) F. (Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Brownson feels no uneasiness about the house or the rooms Henry proposes to assign him. He has full confidence that Henry and Fifine will make him comfortable. Brownson only wants to be able to go to Church He will take his two great chairs, desk, card table an the library table. Henry is to bring the dimensions of any room Brownson is expected to furnish. Brownson will also take along his bed, bedstead and perhaps a few other articles so Henry will have no expense for furniture. The rest of the furniture he will give to Sarah (M. Brownson Tenney), especially the kitchen, dining-room and parlor furniture. But he will not settle anything with Sarah until Henry comes and he knows Fifine's wishes. Yet Brownson wishes to leave Sarah all he can. He has the October number all written but a part of the literary notices and valedictory. His eyes trouble him very much and he can hardly see the writing on his paper. Love to Fifine and the Children.

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1875 Sept. 10
O'Connor,Father P. F.: Mount Savage, Md.
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He requests that his address be changed from St. Peter's Church in Baltimore to Mount Savage, Md., his new residence.

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1875 Sept. 10
Quinlan, John, Bishop of Mobile: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cin(cinna)ti, Ohio

Both of Purcell's letters have been received but he was absent at the time. The contents astounded him and he will write to Purcell if he can prudently get the information desired. Father (T.) Hally's informant is disaffected towards the authorities. Archbishop (James F.) Wood is not improving sensibly. He will return from Cape May tommorrow. As to the invitation to Father (Abram) Ryan, Quinlan is of Purcell's opinion. Ryan cannot leave Mobile during Quinian's absence. He hopes the Purcells are well.

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1875 Sept. 11
Bax,Father L.: Rowling Green, Ky.
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Bax considers the editorial in the New York Tablet against him a lie and a calumny. He thinks he ought to sue the publisher for libel. He opposed the laymen as vouchers for the accounts because they do not handle the money. He has always maintained the necessity of handing in yearly reports although he was not required to do so by any fixed law. Six priests wrote the Bishop when he was in Europe asking him to require them to have laymen look over their books. He thinks the oppression on the part of some bishops is too much. He asks McMaster what course he should pursue as to suing Sadlier and Co. for libel.

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1875 Sept. 11
Foley, Thomas, Bishop of Chicago: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

It is always a pleasure to hear from Purcell. He saw Purcell's convent friend and was a bit wary in talking to her, and was glad to hear that she is a worthy person. It is a pity that she entered the religious life so soon after her conversion. He saw the Mother of the Sisters of Mercy, who told her a lady with a letter from Purcell applied for admission and was received, so he assures it was Purcell's friend. She will be taken care of and a suitable situation will try to be found. As to San Francisco, he heard that his name was on the list, and trusts that their Graces will blot it out. He has been a fool once in his life and cannot be persuaded to be one again. The only thing that would take him to California would be a "big Bonanza", which he would get to pay off his debts. He sees where the bigots are making the Catholic question the pivot of the coming elections. He hopes they will be defeated, without regard to the school question. It will take a long time to lead the American voters to a fair consideration of our claims on the school funds. They will get it eventually, but after the present generation. Some Catholic friends are hot and indiscreet and apt to hinder the cause by their statements. All Catholics are agreed on what is right and just for the education of their children. But they must fight, talk, pray for their rights, and when God is pleased he will grant what is good for them. They should leave the public schools alone, as they should let us build our schools alone. They have to pay for both, it is true, but nothing good is cheap. They have many advantages under their government not enjoyed elsewhere, and can afford to suffer some. He apologizes for his long talk. He sees where their Cardinal is getting along fine in Rome. It would be funny if he should become Pope. He is sure Bishop (William) McCloskey is right in his aims in Louisville, but he should not have explained his conduct in the pulpit, but to God and his conscience beforehand and then acted.

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1875 Sept. 14
Hemenway, Abby Maria: Burlington, Vermont
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Thanks are given for the Review. She would like to know if Timothy Brownson of Revolutionary times was the grandfather of Brownson. If he is, Hemenway would like to have a little sketch about him. The compositors are now working on the towns of Poultry and Tutland. The publisher has lost some 12 pages of a manuscript. Two or three articles pleased her but the best was "Our Colleges". Mrs. Hemenway expresses her likes and dislikes for other articles in the Review. She would like to have the 3rd volume completed by fall. Her work has been delayed by visits from her brothers and sisters.

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1875 Sept. 16
Churchill, Franklin H., Secretary: (New York, New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

A printed circular of the Catholic Union of New York announces the celebration of a Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Peter's Church, Barclay Street, in honor of those who lost their lives in defense of the Holy See. The printed name of Franklin H. Churchill is at the bottom.

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(1875) (Sept.23)
Pennee, G(ertrude) M. (Ward): Quebec, (Canada)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (New York, New York.)

Mrs. Pennee writes to introduce her translation of Abbe Begin's book on the Bible and the Rule of Faith. The original was published last year and received a favorable review from her brother (WilliamG.)Ward in the Dublin Review. She translated it as a thank offering and she would like to get it a reading wherever its arguments can do good.

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1875 Sept. 24
Martin,Father J.: Sabloni par Serrieres, Isere, France
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Martin asks McMaster to send him a list of all of the Catholic newspapers in the United States. Mr. Oscar Rovard, correspondent for Le Monde requests the names of the papers, the city wherein they are published, and if possible, the names of their editors, all to be used in his article on the Catholic press of the world.

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1875 Sept. 28
B(eecher), C(atharine) E.: Brooklyn, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She thanks Purcell for his kind and candid expression of his views in his letter of Sept. 24. They must disagree as to the interpretation of Christ's teachings, she trusting to the ruler of language and common sense and Purcell to an infallible Pope, whose teachings however, can be gauged only by the same ruler of language and common sense. They agree that religion ought to be a part of their school education and there are only three alternatives: 1. That the Protestants yield to the Catholic minority and furnish Bible and all religious instruction; 2. that each sect have its own separate school and so break up their public school system; or 3. that there be a course of religion and moral instruction in which all agree, and supply the deficiencies in Sunday schools or clerical instruction after the day schools have closed. The first two will involve mixing politics and religion and result in engendering hate and evil passion. If the third method be adopted it it will lead to harmony and virtue. She has a friend who has been principal of a public school in this city for 25 years in a quarter where the majority are Catholic, Jew Or Nothingarians. She has all unite in the Lord's Prayer and reads only those parts of the Bible about which there is no difference of opinion, and trains the children to neatness, order, truthfulness, obedience and the Virtues urged in any like book. The consequences are so good that parents and children are all content and it is the most successful school in all respects in the city. She desires Purcell's judgment as to the probable results of the compromise method of the third alternative. The Protestant clergy are alarmed at the movement of the political parties on this question and it seems to her that Purcell has the power to allay the rising tempest. There would be no harm in Purcell's sanctioning the study of a book on religion and morals in which no contrary interpretations are taught. Nothing is so bad for society as the quarrels of professed Christians. She asks Purcell's views on her suggestions. This topic is to be discussed next month in a Clerical Association of Protestant ministers of all denominations. She asks what she shall tell her brother, Dr. Edward Beecher, a member, as to Purcell's final decision on these questions. As Purcell did before writing, she also asks God's guidance.

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1875 Sept. 28
McDonogh, Edward: Louisville, Ky.
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He enclosed a sermon delivered by Dr. Stuart Robinson yesterday as reported in the Louisville Courier Journal. Robinson just returned from England where he attended some meeting of Evangelical humougs. Moody and Dankey. Before he left, he and his friends tried to turn Dr. Wilson out of his church but failed. Robinson now tries to regain some of his notoriety by publishing this sermon and by slandering the Pope Pius and the bishops and praising Bismarck. Formerly the non-Catholics were liberal but now they are very bigoted and listen well to what Robinson has to say. He also encloses an account of the laying of the cornerstone of the extension of the House of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have 60 old men and women. He extends his wishes for the continued success of the Journal. (Clipping enclosed).

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1875 Sept. 28
Sherman, Ellen E.: Washington, D. C.
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. Sherman intended to visit Brownson before she went west. She had expected to go to Elizabeth from New York but was unable to. Her son told her that Brownson intended to move to Detroit. Mrs. Sherman would like to know, if she comes to Elizabeth in the first part of October, if Brownson would be there. When they are settled, Mrs. Sherman would like for Brownson to visit her when he goes to Detroit. Mrs. Sherman would like Brownson to Know a Dr. J. J. Bigelow, a learned man. She will make all the arrangements. Also she would like her mail addressed to General Charles Ewing.

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