University of Notre Dame


1875 Oct. 4
McLoughlin, (Father) Thomas: New Rochelle, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

It is with deep regret that McLoughlin read Brownson's validictory. He thanks Brownson for all the good he has done the Church as well as for the instruction Brownson has given him. Mass will be offered for Brownson's happy death. That is the best McLoughlin can do.

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

(18)75 Oct. 4
Sorin, (C.S.C.), Father E(dward): Notre Dame, (Indiana)
 to W(illia)m J. Onahan: Chicago, (Illinois)

He forgot to state the other day that he could not sign a deed in fee simple or warranty deed for Mr. Torrence. Onahan will readily understand why. (In Group VIII folder.)

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1875 Oct. 5
Loughran, J.: Washington, D(istrict of) C(olumbia)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

Loughran thanks McMaster for his letter of introduction to Senator Kernan and the confidential information. He also accepts the offer of a letter of introduction to Mr. McElhany. Loughran knows a Mr. Harbin, the nephew of Geo(rge) F. Harbin, a subscriber of McMaster's. Harbin has told Loughran that (McElhany) was the one who aided Sam Randall during the deadlock by his knowledge of the (House) Rules. Consequently (Randall) will be obligated to him if he gets the speakership. Mr. James Fullerton has promised to introduce Loughran to Senator Borgy. Father (George) Deshon who is familiar with the Indian business and is to introduce him to Fernando Wood and others. Gen(era)l Cha(rle)s Ewing come to (Washington) in person. A newspaper clipping is enclosed concerning a speech made on the subject, "Vaticanism in Germany and United States" at a New York Republican meeting by Major MacMahon. The salaries of government employees were assessed to raise campaign money for the Ohio and Pennsylvania elections and that he had refused to contribute. Other Catholics had contributed and from the money the base document which Loughran brought to the Clerk of the Indian Office, was printed and circulated as an insult to Catholics. The newspaper clipping shows that Major MacMahon has mentioned the matter at the proceedings of the N(ew) Y(ork) Republicans. The late utterance of Grant shows at whom persecution is aimed. Loughran states that he has appealed the action of Commissioner Smith in placing a Methodist over him and for doing so, has been transferred to the Pension office where he has no chance for advancement. Loughran has reliable information that Commissioner Smith has been revising the report of the Red Cloud Commission in order to whitewash the dirty spots. The Osage Commission has brought in a verdict of not guilty and has not mentioned the wish of the Indians for Catholic Missionaries. Loughran has a letter from a Commissioner to Rev. E. P. Smith thanking him for the health trip and turning in an expense account of 58 days at $8. per day. Loughran, pursuing his duty brought the overcharge to the notice of the Special Commissioner who said Smith authorized his act. The result of this attention to duty was the transfer of Loughran, at Smith's request, to the Pension office. Loughran will try and secure papers on the maltreatment of the priest referred to by McMaster. Gen(era)l Ewing applied for these papers and the Indian Bureau is now procuring them. Loughran is in possession of an affidavit by Father Osunar, the priest who was maltreated, and has plans to procure other papers from J. P. Smith. He promises to keep McMaster informed and send him papers on the entire ill-treatment of the Indian Bureau.

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1875 Oct. 5
Curtin, J.C.: Lindsay Ont(ario), Canada
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Curtin has tried to get a complete set of Brownson's Review but he has not succeeded. Burns and Oates of London has furnished some but other prominent booksellers cannot supply him prior to 1853. Curtin wants Brownson to tell him where to get those numbers prior to 1853. A Canadian stamp is enclosed because Curtin could not procure an American stamp.

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1875 Oct. 5
Duncan, W. Buth: New York, New York
the creditors of Duncan, Sherman and Co.(New York, New York)

The proposition, which he submitted to the creditors on Aug. 16, 1875, not having been accepted by a proportion of the liabilities sufficient to secure the successful carrying out of the plan is regretfully withdrawn by him. (In the papers of James Alphonsus McMaster).

I-2-a - A.L.S. (mimeographed circular) - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1875 Oct. 6
Brownson, Anna: North Cambridge, (Massachusetts)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

The Review came and being informed that the number is the last, Anna feels she lost a friend. Anna does not want to admit that the finis has been written. It has been long since Anna heard from Brownson. If Brownson is able to write, Anna would like to have a word or two. Since the Review will be no longer, Anna wants Brownson to send to her the name of some good Catholic periodical. Father (John) Bapst inquired about Brownson. Anna has not seen the sister of Carvey Haskital since she last wrote Brownson. There is no hope of Father Sherwood Healy of getting better. Anna has been busy sewing lately. Her father has not been well lately. She inquires as to the health of Sarah (Tenney) and her baby.

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1875 Oct. 7
Onahan, W(illiam) J.: Chicago, (Illinois)
 to Father E(dward) Sorin: Notre Dame, Ind(iana)

The appointment referred to in his note of Monday came to naught; Mr. Hoyne was absent. The Bowens (James H. Bowen, Chauncey Bowen) have deputed to bring about an adjustment which he relates. Sorin could agree to the plan, but James Bowen cannot pay the back rent, nor can Chauncey Bowen. Onahan thinks they can arrive at a settlement suitable to Sorin without litigation, but he will have to consult Sorin personally on it. (Attached is a group of statements and memorandums on the same subject: 12pp.) (In Group VIII folder.)

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1875 Oct. 8
Nelson, Horatio P.: Shelbysville, Illinois
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

At closing of the Review, the Catholics lost a great work. The purpose of the letter is to ask Brownson's advice on a competent instructor for philosophy or a good text book. Nelson wants to know if Brownson will become his instructor. All Nelson wants is to gain information because at present he is engaged as a teacher. If Brownson need a secretary, Nelson would be glad to do it in exchange for board. If Brownson can not accept, Nelson would like for him to recommend some one who follows the same system as Brownson. Nelson would like to study the elements of Philosophy in English. A list of the courses which Nelson has had are given.

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1875 Oct. 8
Walters, J. W. Agent: Oswego, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

The late Mr. F. F. Carrington sent McMaster a check on Sept. 8, 1874, for $9. The bank found the check still outstanding on Sept. 3, 1875 and McMaster is advised to check with the band to get his money.

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

1875 Oct. 11
Harper, P. F.: New York (City), (New York)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

To his regret, Harper learned from a clergyman that the Review was discontinued. Because of this, there is a great loss to all Catholics. Brownson's previous work was well done and now he can justly seek rest from his labors. He read the article on "Our Colleges". The article meant to Harper that better institutions of learning were around. For the most part, Harper was educated abroad. The time has gone by when he could accept as facts the feelings of his heart, in matters of religion. His conscience takes no offence at what he practices. Harper would like some advice from Brownson i.e., if Brownson can spare the time. Harper would like to have a list of such works which would furnish him comfort for his soul. Harper has asked Brownson for such advice because it is in him that Harper has placed his confidence.

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

1875 Oct. 11
Hascall, Volney: Kalamazoo, Michigan
 to Orestes A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Hascall is the son of John Hascall who had been interested in "The Genesse Republican and Herald of Reform" some 46 years ago. He was the "printers devil". The name of Brownson was brought back to Hascall by a minister who made a reference to an article that Brownson had written. Hascall realized the study Brownson had made before he made any religious convictions. The writer is a drift and needs advice. He wants to know if there is an entity such as a divinely established church on earth. If so, is that entity capable of giving to mankind such religious instruction that will satisfy man's spiritual needs? Hascall, believing Brownson experienced the same difficulty would be in a position to impart such information. He spent two winters in Rome but that proved fruitless.

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

1875 Oct. 11
Kelly, James R. (Capt. 3d Artillery): Fort Warren, Mass(achusetts)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

The years have flown since they met, but Kelly remembers as well as yesterday the blood trickling down Henry's face at Malvern Hill and all those hard fought fights and weary marches and cold and rainy bivouacs. Yesterday he discharged a sergeant of his company for disability and was asked to give him a recommendation. As the sergeant is going to Detroit, Kelly remembered that Henry is settled there. Hence this letter. Kelly would like very much to see Henry and should he come to Boston he must not forget to come to (Fort) Warren to see Kelly and his wife and three fine children, half Yankee and half Irish, a very fine stock. Kelly knows Henry is married but does not remember hearing what family he has. Kelly was sent here because they had no place in N(ew) Y(ork) Harbor. Kelly's service under Andrews has not been pleasant; Andrews is a disorganizer, a destroyer of discipline, personally a nice man. Kelly put Andrews' eldest son out of his company quarters and that brought the whole family down on him. Chester had told Kelly he had seen Henry not long ago. Kelly wants Henry to write. Henry's father still wields the pen and Kelly wishes he may long live to do so.

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1875 Oct. 12
O'Reilly, A(nthony) J.: Buffalo, New York
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He saw Roland Henrick in P(ittsbur)gh and he promised to comply with Edwards' request. He makes a correction in an item he saw in the Scholastic concerning his position.

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1875 Oct. 13
Haley, Robert: St. Louis, Missouri
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Was offered Appletons Journal for 1870 unbound for 50. He will purchase it for Edwards or Father (John A.) Zahm (C.S.C.) if desired.

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1875 Oct. 15
Onahan, W(illiam): Chicago, (Illinois)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Onahan had previously written a letter to Brownson inviting him to lecture but due to poor health Brownson did not accept. The termination of the Review was regretted by many Catholics. The public hopes that Brownson will make a visit west. Onahan believes Brownson would have no difficulty in giving three lectures, two in Chicago and one in Milwaukee.

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

1875 Oct. 16
(Bellamy, Sarah M.?): (Wilton, Saratoga County, New York)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Brownson's sister Thorina (Brownson Dean) cannot live but a few hours at the longest. He is asked to come or to write direct to Orson Bellamy, Saratoga Springs. She has had a shock of paralysis and cannot eat, speak or notice anything. (Added note, apparently at a later date): She is dead. She died on the 17th of October, 1875. Mrs. Bellamy has sent a telegram to Brownson but received no answer.

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1875 Oct. 18
Oakes-Smith, Elizabeth: Hollywood, N(orth) C(arolina)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Mrs. Oakes-Smith saw by the New York Post that the Review has been discontinued. Since this is so, Mrs. Oakes-Smith thinks Brownson will not write his autobiography. Her husband has requested her to be with his family during the term of the legislature. Mrs. Oakes-Smith does what she can in the village. The people have accepted and honored her with honorary positions. Writing to Brownson recalls pleasant memories to her when her children were about her. She would like a photograph of Brownson. She hopes Brownson's loss of sight is not entire. She would like to hear from the family.

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1875 Oct. 18
Kayser, Father J(ohn) B(aptist): Versailles, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Father (Joseph) Strub has written to him that he has his exeat from the Congregation (of the Holy Ghost) but that it will be necessary to indicate the diocese to which he will be incorporated. He regrets to inform Purcell that it will be necessary for him to leave the diocese and seek a bishop who will receive him. He asks Purcell's paternal advice in this matter. He will await Purcell's answer.

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1875 Oct. 19
Fowler, Adèle: Hope Estate, (Louisiana)
 to Father (Gilbert Raymond?): New Orleans, Louisiana)

Fowler accepts the liberal offer won her by (Raymond's) interference and will do all in her power to get her child, Ida (Fowler) ready to profit by the generosity of the Ladies of the Ursuline Convent.

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1875 Oct. 22
Graham, T. H.: Cleveland, Ohio
 to O(restes) A. Brownson:

Graham is sorry to hear that the Review is going to end. He trusts that the Catholics in America will not lose Brownson's support in advocating and defending the truth. The Catholic Central Association, of which Graham is President, is holding a series of lectures during the fall and winter seasons. He requests Brownson to name a date during that period on which he will be willing to speak.

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

1875 Oct. 22
Pothier, A.J.J.: Woonsocket, R(hode) I(sland)
 to O(restes) A. Brownson: (Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Pothier would like to have a quotation on the complete Review, i.e., from its inaugural to the end. Brownson having been a foremost champion of Catholic principles, "we" regret Brownson's retirement from the field. Although Brownson's works will remain Pothier would like to have an autographed photo of Brownson. Latimer W. Ballou,a member of Congress, met Brownson 30 years ago in Boston. He also regrets Brownson's retirement.

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

1875 Oct. 25
Kenrick, Archbishop Peter Richard: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to John O'Kane Murray: (New York, New York)

Being unwilling to have his name mentioned in Murray's proposed work, Kenrick begs to decline furnishing Murray with the notes he has requested.

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1875 Oct. 25
Lowd (?), W. D.: Detroit, Michigan
D. and J. Sadlier and Company(New York, New York)

Lowd has just returned from an interview with (Henry) Brownson to whom Sadlier's has entrusted their case against Lowd, and as Henry Brownson leaves tonight for New York Lowd thinks it best to write a few lines regarding the claim against him and also the claims he has against Sadlier's for the parts sent to them to be bound and of which Lowd has never received a satisfactory explanation. The Bible marked in Sadlier's book as returned was one sent to them subsequently to the box of which Lowd has not got any account from Sadlier's. The Express company holds their receipt for this box and the weight will prove that it contained more than one bible. Sadlier's should try to get those books or compensate Lowd for the loss he has incurred both financially and in reputation. Whatever Sadlier's decides, Lowd hopes Sadlier's will trace this box of bindings and have them returned to him either bound or unbound. If bound, he will compensate Sadlier's. Lowd will soon pay the claim Sadlier's has against him if they return the bindings. If not, allowance should be made for them as well as for the injury he has sustained to his reputation. Lowd has not paid the notes when due because he had not the means to do so and also because he was awaiting either a satisfactory explanation for the loss of the books or else an allowance to be made for them on the bill. If the claim is pressed against Lowd, he will not be able to pay as soon as otherwise because of the cost of defending himself. In any case he can give nothing for the next thirty days. Lowd has struggled to keep up his business and intends to repay everything in spite of obstacles that may be placed in his way. He will be able to pay the interest on the notes in 30 days and next week when (Henry) Brownson returns will be able to state how soon some of the principal will be repaid. Lowd has not dealt with Sadlier's for some time because he can secure their books at greater discounts in Detroit. (Found among the Henry Brownson letters).

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1875 Oct. 26
Bayley, J(ames) Roosevelt Archbishop of: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to J(ohn) O'K(ane) Murray: Brooklyn, L(ong) I(sland)

Bayley would gladly give the required information, but the statistics of the Archdiocese of Baltimore have been badly kept. He is endeavoring to collect information on the subject, and arrange the archives they have, but his health is poor, and his time is occupied. He is unwilling to request the help of a priest. In his diocese, the Catholic Church is making very little progress. The war had a disastrous effect upon the Maryland Catholic families and the immigration to the state is very small. As regards himself, he is unwilling to say anything. The article about him in Appleton's Encyclopedia is accurate except that he was never a Protestant minister in Hagerstown. He is descended from old English and Dutch colonial families both of which came into the colony of New Amsterdam or New York in the 17th Century. He was received into the Catholic Church in Rome in April, 1842, and was ordained in 1844.

I-1-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1875 Oct. 27
Bellamy, Sarah M.: Saratoga Co(unty), New York
 to Orestes A. Brownson:

Brownson's letter with the money was received. The money was spent on burying Aunt Thornia (Brownson) Dean. The deceased did not look the same. Mrs. Bellamy, a niece, had to wait on Thorina night and day. She did not give up until the doctor said there was no use. If Thorina(Brownson)Dean had lived till next April, she would have been with Mrs. Bellamy five years. Now, Mrs. Bellamy is lonely. She would like Brownson to tell her what to do with Thorina's things.

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1875 Oct. 28
Kitz, Ernest: Indianapolis, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Mrs. Rhodins asked him to inquire if Edwards could bring her son George home Christmas. She will pay his expenses to come by way of Indianapolis. She asks about George's classes and requests Edwards to have his velocipede mended.

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

1875 Oct. 29
Eulalia (Pearce), Sister M.: Mt. de Chantal, (Wheeling, West Virginia)
 to Orestes A. Brownson: Elizabeth, New Jersey

The publisher did not notify Sister Eulalia that she was in arrears on her payment for the Review. Five dollars was enclosed. The closing of the Review saddened Sister Eulalia. The last Review could not have been better, each article was superb. The one on the School Question was the most interesting. Judge(Edmund F.) Dunne's able address exhausted the subject. Mother Superior at suggestion of Father (August F.) Hewit studied Father(Walter H.)Hill's book on philosophy but after a careful study abandoned the work for the same reason as Brownson, unintelligible. Sister Eulalia and the Mother Superior are not afraid of mistaking Brownson's meaning because everything was so clearly written. The article on "Women's Novels" was read to Sister's Literature Class. The comments of the class were good because Sister Eulalia conincided with a greater portion of them. Now, they are reading the article on the School question. Sister Eulalia said that she would have to rely on the back issues.

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1875 Oct. 29
Harris, Katie W.:
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She informs him that her father has forwarded the books to him. P. S. She sends her aympathy on the anniversary of the death of Edwards' friend, Father (Augustus) Lemonnier. She too has recently been placed in a position, sadder even than Edwards'.

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1875 Oct. 30
Manucy, Bishop Dominic, Vicar-Apostolic of Brownsville: Corpus Christi, Texas
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché of New Orleans: Rome, (Italy)

Manucy has moved to Corpus Christi from Brownsville in hopes of bettering his condition. He has visited about 4/5; of his territory and confirmed 3500 people. He finds it impossible to establish a Vicariate without constant aid from the Propagation of the Faith. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have two-thirds of the missions in charge, and they are constantly complaining that they cannot live. In his opinion, it was a mistake to separate Brownsville from the Diocese of San Antonio. The area is composed of poor Spanish-speaking people with no stable homes and little desire to give to the Church. His priests are barely able to live themselves, much less support a Bishop. Bishop (Claude Mary) Dubuis should have known this when making the division. There is little hope for the future, since there is no immigration from the States or from Europe. Outside of Corpus, and Brownsville and a mission he is about to establish at Fort Clark or Brackettville nothing but Spanish is spoken. (Perché) has undoubtedly heard by now of the death of Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin. Manucy suggests that he be transferred to the vacant diocese of Natchitoches and that the Vicariate of Brownsville be turned over to San Antonio.

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