University of Notre Dame


1876 Jan. 2
De Vries, Father J.: Rome, (Italy)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

De Vries has been allowed to say Mass again and that they are trying to assure him in Rome that his Bishop (William McCloskey) will gladly receive him again with a parish as good as his former one. They would not put this into writing and, so far, De Vries has not committed himself about returning. His book is to be published in a few days and he sends a copy of its introduction to McMaster. The Cardinals are anxious about American affairs but Franche is a rascal and keeps everything to himself. De Vries says that Miss Edes has helped him greatly and that Cardinal (John) McCloskey seems under the weather in Rome. He gives his regards to Mr. (Mark) Vallette and says he will say a Mass for the soul of Mrs. Anderson. M(onsi)g(no)r Agnossi has said that the statement about him is a lie.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1876 Jan. 3
Kain, John J., Bishop of Wheeling: Chicago, Ill(inois)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He has received a letter from Senator (John W.) Johnston, residing at Abingdon, V(irgini)a, in Kain's diocese, asking advice on the proposed amendment presented in the House of Representatives by Speaker (James) Blaine. Johnston is a practical and pious Catholic and is conscienciously asking this advice. He thinks the matter will be pushed ahead on the reassembling of Congress, and would like to know how he should act. Being young in the hierarchy, Kain did not wish to rely on his own judgment and asks Purcell's advice and views. The amendments forbids any state to make any law respecting religion and forbids the appropriating of any money raised by taxation for public schools to religious sects, etc. Kain's address is 795 Wabash Ave., Chicago.

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1876 Jan. 4
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis) N(orbert): Portland, Oregon
 to John O'Kane Murray: (New York, New York)

The volume sent to Blanchet by Murray was misplaced before he had time to examine it, nevertheless he sends his application for the book which is added to another letter within the same letter.

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

1876 Jan. 6
Layton, Tho(m)as: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph) Perché: Paris, (France)

Perché's sympathetic letter of November 14 was gratefully received by Mrs. Layton, his afflicted son, and Layton. Since then, another great affliction has caused their tears to flow again. Their daughter (Sister) Mary (Layton, R.S.C.), died at Grand Coteau on December 16. She had taken her vows on October 4, the day on which her sister-in-law died.

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1876 Jan. 7
Brownson, Anna: North Cambridge (Massachusetts)
 to (Orestes A. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

Anna's father died after an illness of six weeks. Her father spoke very little while ill. Which fact moves Anna to believe that he was not conscious all the time. Her Christmas was a mess. Anna's brother-in-law was killed last Nov. 10; one of his sons was drowned. There is only one survivor. Her mother's sister died and her mother's brother was badly injured. All of these things happened within six weeks. Anna's sister and baby have moved in with their mother. Anna would like to hear from Brownson. She hopes she never has to write a letter like this again.

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1876 Jan. 7
Hardy and Mahony: Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to (Father D(aniel) E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

They received Hudson's letter regarding advertising in the new Quarterly some weeks ago but had misplaced it, and found it again only now. The best they can do in the matter of advertising is to take one-half in cash and one-half in advertising in the Ave-Maria. Their prices are $50. per page and $30. per half-page. If Hudson accepts these terms he should notify them immediately, for their advertising space is almost all taken, but they will try to squeeze in his advertisement. The advertising forms go to press next week. They thank Hudson for his encouragement, and assure him that the support already accorded, both in the way of subscriptions and promises of manuscripts from the most prominent writers, places the success of the new enterprise beyond doubt. (Marginal note): The first issue will be ready January 14 or 15. Hereafter the numbers will be issued regularly during the first weeks of January, April, July, and October.

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1876 Jan. 8
St. Josephine, (R.J.M.), (Sister) Marie Lewis,: (Quebec)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She apologizes for delaying so long her answer to Hudson's letter of Nov. 22, (1875). She sends him the good wishes of the whole community for the prosperous continuance of the Ave Maria. They would like to see a French issue of the Ave Maria; it would be easy then to secure a little corner of it now and then for contributions of some kind, for most of them know no English. As it is, they can enjoy the best articles only by means of a poor translation. Recently the Mother Superior was pleased by such a translation. The Mother has permitted Sister St. Josephine to accept Hudson's offer about the life of Father Jogues with some hesitation, for she is not sure it will be done properly. Sister St. Josephine asks if the manuscript should be written on one side of the page only, and begs Hudson to overlook any minor faults. She encloses $1. for the St. Cecilia Society. Two 50 bills are for missing members of the Ave Maria. She asks for some back issues of the Ave Maria, and requests Hudson's prayers.

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1876 Jan. 9
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis) N(orbert): Portland, Oreg(on)
 to John O'Kane Murray: (Brooklyn, Long Island)

Blanchet has overcome his repugnance and will comply with Murray's requests. The number of priests and churches can be found in the Directory of 1876.

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1876 Jan. 12
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis N(orbert): Portland, (Oregon)
 to John O'Kane Murray: (Brooklyn, Long Island)

He hopes the notes are of assistance. He requests they be returned with a comment as to what use they served.

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

1876 Jan. 12
Chapman, (William) ? E.: (Detroit, Michigan)
 to (Henry F.) Bro(w)nson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Henry will find enclosed tickets for Mr. Barry Sullivan's performance of Richard III at the Opera House on the 19th inst.

III-3-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 12mo. - {1}

1876 Jan. 13
McCloskey, John, Cardinal Archbishop: New York, (New York)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Cardinal McCloskey asks McMaster to visit him Saturday or Monday of the coming week. He wishes to speak to him in regards to the school question and wishes to do this in person since it is much more conductive to accomplishment and discussion.

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

1876 Jan 13
Boff, Father F.M. Vicar General: Cleveland, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Since their school property has been taxed this year as well as heretofore, the priests are unwilling to share expenses of the law suit before the Supreme Court of Ohio. He asks Purcell's advice in the matter. He intended to visit Purcell after New Year's, but was stricken with severe fever, from which he has not completely recovered. They have been obliged to put an injunction on the sale of most of the school property of Cleveland. P.S. They have written to the Auditor of State regarding the decision of the Supreme Court and he has always referred them to the County Auditor of Cuyahoga Co., who refuses to exempt their schools from taxation.

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1876 Jan. 14
De Pauw, Edmund M.: Chateaugay, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

De Pauw congratulates McMaster on publishing the Church Calendar. He suggests he publish the calendar week by week lest someone should lose the issue with the entire calendar in and be lost. Also he suggests that holy days and special days including fast days should all be marked clearer and that Roman Ordo could be replaced by one word, "Rome". This calendar will boost Mass attendance. He has been trying to find subsribers but many people are not interested in educating themselves to Catholic the and he has been busy. He feels that the church is not progressing as it should and that bishops should learn the meaning of the part of the crozier as well as the upper part. He wrote to Miss (Ella) Edes suggesting this but she has not written recently. De Pauw is anxious to hear from her concerning the results of M(sgr) (Cesar) Roncetti's visit. Roncetti has been fooled but one can do nothing to convince him of it and can only be thankful he played no part in the deception. He wishes McMaster a Happy New Year and inquires if he ever sent the copy of the Life of St. John to Miss Edes.

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

1876 Jan. 14,
Pierce, James F.: New York, (New York)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

Pierce calls McMasters attention to the enclosed note (enclosure not present), which was given him recently. The giver made the remark "see what is being attempted on uneducated Catholics." Pierce says that such men should be "boosted higher than a kite" and asks McMaster to issue a note of warning if he deems it important enough.

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

1876 Jan. 14,
Sister Mary Gabriel: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Sister Mary Gabriel, Prioress of the Carmelites of St. Louis, asks McMaster to publish some sort of an article announcing the fact that they are trying to raise money to found a new Carmelite Convent in St. Louis. The order is trying to raise money by giving a bazaar but have met only mediocre success thus far. She encloses 2 bazaar tickets. She says that the Editor of the Ave Maria, has mentioned them in an article and that they would pay McMaster to do the same. They have been in their house in St. Louis for 12 years. The house has been lent to them by a benefactor and they do no teaching but remain secluded in prayer and penance. The house is in Baden, (Missouri) near St. Louis. She feels sure that St. Louis will support them but states that the people know very little about them, their work, and their Order.

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

1876 Jan. 15
MacCarthy, John: New York (City, (New York)
 to (Orestes A.) Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

MacCarthy feels Brownson thinks ill of him for not visiting or writing before Brownson left Elizabeth. He did not expect Brownson to leave so soon, and had thought frequently of writing to Brownson but for the work on the Tribune. The announcement of the discontinuance of the Review was a severe blow. MacCarthy hopes his long silence has not caused Brownson to forget him. He never had much enthusiasm for newspaper work and has finally pulled himself out. Brownson's conviction that MacCarthy would never make a newspaper man was more than true. He will not return unless some Catholic daily is born. Father (Isaac T.) Hecker, upon his return, asked MacCarthy to take charge of the Catholic World under him. The offer was accepted. The first number under is complete charge will be in March. Father Hecker more keenly felt a change in the Catholic World's style. The publication is to concern itself more with the living questions of the day. Now MacCarthy has the opportunity to become acquainted with the different authors but he wishes Brownson were still able to write and it would be easy for MacCarthy to give him work. There are no capable writers to replace Brownson. Father Hecker has been confined to bed. MacCarthy would like to know if Brownson would care to take up, as a subject, the book on Socialism written by Emerson. He feels there is no reason why Brownson should place himself on the shelf. These are times the Church needs all the strength she can muster. McCarthy would like to know if Brownson will accept. (Lawrence) Kehoe would give anything to have a few hours talk with Brownson. MacCarthy would like to see Brownson if he comes to New York in the summer.

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1876 Jan. 17
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis) N(orbert): Portland, (Oregon)
 to John O'Kane Murray: Brooklyn, New York

He sends a more correct copy of his notes which he wants returned so that they do not fall into the hands of anyone else.

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

1876 Jan. 18
Egger, Father C.: Harrison, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

There is no sacristy at all in the church and the building of one is urgent, since the priest there must sometimes stay in Church on Sundays and Holy Days from five in the morning until noon. He intends to build a wooden one and erect a tower with a cross on it so that it may be identified as Catholic. The cost of the building will not be over $200 and useless expense will be carefully avoided. He asks Purcell's permission to build it.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}

1876 Jan. 18
Greene, Charles W.: Philadelphia, Penn(sylvania)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): Notre Dame, Indiana

Greene sends an original poem, wishes that it may honor (Our Blessed Mother). He thanks Hudson for sending the Ave Maria so regularly, and requests two copies of the issue in which his poem will appear. There is a story entitled "The Picture of the Blessed Virgin", written by Mary Howitt, which Greene thinks Hudson could use in his "Children's Department". He will send it if Hudson wishes.

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1876 Jan. 18,
Mertens, C. Dr.: Kirchhorchen, Westfalia, Germany
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): New York, (New York)

Dr. C. Mertens, chaplain, is collecting press notices concerning the death of German of Mallinckrodt in Berlin on May 26, 1874, who was deputy of the Diet of Prussia and of the Diet of the German Empire. He requests McMaster to send him any article he has printed on this man no matter how small or insignificant.

I-2-b - printed form - 1p. - 12 mo - {1}

1876 Jan. 19
Bermudez, E(dward): New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché of New Orleans:

Confidential. Bermudez was anxious to reply to (Perché's) letter of December 31 but he regrets that he has received nothing from "them". He fears from what (Perché) told him that they will not hurry to agree with him about the business which is for (Perché) a just cause for anxiety. There is no question of law. It is simply a matter of their accepting or rejecting what (Perché) has offered in payment of their claim against the trustees. However, (Perché) is subsidiarily and solidly held to pay. If they write Bermudez he can only tell them that full payment is perfectly guaranteed. He would prefer not to be consulted. Although disposed to render service to the diocese, he cannot subvert the interests of those ladies, his clients. (Perché) owes the trustees for the property he bought from them, the chapel and the block of houses, almost enough to pay those ladies. Bermudez does not believe that they can be held to perform an act of benevolence in regard to that which their uncle had thought of doing for the cathedral. In regard to what (Perché) asked him about Mr. Lacroix, Bermudez has learned lately that Lacroix has revoked all his testamentary dispositions. He thanks (Perché) for having so frankly expressed the opinion he has of him. He pays good heed to (Perché's) reporaches but he asks how he can be accused seriously of being absorbed in the interests and satisfactions of life. He has always done well for others, even beyond his means. The family joins him in sending (Perché) the best wishes possible. P.S. The heirs of Father (Constantine) Maenhaut have received on three different months, 60,000 francs up until the present. Father (Gilbert) Raymond asked Bermudez to defer the business which was fixed for the 27th. Bermudez consented to suspend execution of judgment pending a new order. January 20: Bermudez wishes to wait a little before sending this letter. Not having received anything from Maenhaut, he will deposit it tomorrow morning. They have not yet had any cold weather this winter. The country is still in a deplorable state. The legislature is sitting but until now has done no good. When (Perché) sees (Am.) Lutton, he should tell him that his matter is in status quo and that Bermudez wishes him success on the occasion of the Philadelphia Exposition.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 6pp. - 8vo. - {5}

1876 Jan. 20
Andusson, Louis: Angers, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché of New Orleans): (France)

(Perché's) letter telling them that he was in good health was thankfully received. It was only yesterday that Andusson learned of Elizabeth's true financial position. After the materials had been sold and the debts that he knew of paid, he thought that the last word had been said. However, he now finds that there are other debts. 800 is owed to Mrs. Babin and there was only 50. When he asked how this was to be paid she gave him their silverware. He concludes that it would be better to sent it to Paris, but, as the sacrifice appears to be very difficult and as these objects were given to them by (Perché's) sister, he did not wish to do this without his authorization. For their living expenses they have 40 francs from the 71 francs rent that Mrs. Dénéchau paid them.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {4}

1876 Jan. 21

Catholic Sentinel Publishing Company Portland, Oregon
 to (Father) D(aniel) E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

An advertisement is enclosed and prices at which it will be printed in the Catholic Sentinel are quoted.

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1876 Jan. 22
Blanchet, Archbishop F(rancis) N(orbert): Portland, Oreg(on)
 to John O'Kane Murray: (Brooklyn, Long Island)

He requests that his notes be sent back, but he did not know he should be so soon in need of them by the demand made on him to prepare the history of religion in Oregon. He wishes to correct his notes to say it took him five days to get to Oregon and not three.

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

1876 Jan. 22
Bion, Father: Grandes Armoises, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché of New Orleans):

Perché having tried to return Gustave Didier, led astray at New Orleans with a concubine, to good ways, Bion asks him to assist Didier's legitimate wife. She wishes to make a last effort by placing under his eyes the portraits of his two children. He also asks Perché to let her know if according to the laws of America, her husband would have the right to contract a new marriage with the object of his passion.

VI-2-o - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {2}

1876 Jan. 25
(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of Natchez,: Mississippi
 to Archbishop N(apoleon) J(oseph) Perché of New Orleans:

(Elder), from what little he knows of the diocese of Natchitoches, thinks that religion will suffer if the vacancy should be of long duration. He is not enough acquainted with the clergy of the diocese to recommend any of them. Father (Francis Xavier) Leray, he is told, was once thought of by Bishop (Auguste Marie) Martin, before he fixed his mind on the lamented Father (Louis) Gergaud. Leray's health, he fears, would be a serious obstacle. There are two others in (Elder's) diocese who, while not very superior men, would make safe Bishops: Father (Henry) Leduc and Father (John Baptist) Mouton. (Elder) has been told that Perché is arranging for a coadjutor (for the Archdiocese of New Orleans) and that some years ago he had proposed Father (Mary Henry Gaud, S.M.) Gaut, who is since dead. If this is really the case, (Elder) feels that Perché has not shown the regard for his suffragans which they had a right to expect. He hopes Perché will communicate with them on the subject and give them an opportunity of confirming his recommendations or presenting their objections. He has been glad to see how lively an interest Perché has awakened in France concerning the pressing wants of his diocese.

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1876 Jan. 28
Carello, Father L.: Columbus, Ohio
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Carello signifies his intention to go to Brazil or Mexico as a missionary and asks for information about those countries and about the probability of his services being accepted. He speaks English, French, and Italian and may be accompanied by a priest speaking Portugese. The climate here is too rigorous for him and he wishes to leave. He asks McMaster to refer him to any Bishop of those countries. Carello knows very well the Fathers Wayrick and Hemming and has very good papers with him.

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

1876 Jan. 29
Bayley, Archbishop J(ames) Roosevelt: Baltimore, (Maryland)
 to J(ohn O')K(ane) Murray: Brooklyn, L(ong) I(sland)

The Statistics of the diocese have been very imperfectly kept. There are more converts than is generally believed. He is opposed to publishing the popular guess-work statistics. On both sides, his family is descended from old colonial families. His father's came from Norfolkshire in England about 1690 and settled in west Chester County, New York. His mother's (came) from Holland in 1643 to New Amsterdam. His grandfather Dr. Richmond Bayley's life is in Thatcher's Medical Biography with some inaccuracies. He was staff surgeon to the British Commander-in-chief during the American Revolution and was the particular friend of Sir Guy Carleton, afterwards Lord Dorchester, after whom the Archbishop's father, Guy Carleton Bayley, was named. In Dr. White's "Life of Mother Seton" can be found some of the particulars. His father was a physician and for some time had charge of the Bloomingdale Lunatic Asylum. Bayley studied for the Episcopal Church, to which both of his parents belonged, under Dr. Samuel Farmar Jarvis of that Church, who had a large and well chosen library which was the means of his conversion to the Catholic Church. Bayley has always been an advocate of Catholic schools. Dr. Jarvis' library included the best editions of the Fathers. In writing an essay on the Apostolic Canons which obliged Bayley to study the ancient councils, he became convinced that the Pope had more to do with the government of the Church than they were willing to allow.

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1876 (7) Jan. 29
Folan, Martin T.: south Boston, (Massachussetts)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Folan, sends McMaster 60 as mission dues to aid the Indian Missions. The 19 contributors are listed.

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

1876 Jan. 29
Greene, Charles W.: Philadelphia, Penn(sylvania)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): Notre Dame, Indiana

He sends the manuscript of the story which he thinks might suit the "Children's Department". He does not feel it any trouble to copy it; it is a pleasure to do so for the sake of the beautiful cause of the Ave Maria. He only hopes the story will be acceptable. It first appeared in 1850 in Mary Howitt's story book, but Greene does not think it need be acknowledged. Hudson can arrange it into chapters as he whishes. In reply to Hudson's "P.S.", Greene does not know why he is not a Catholic. What he has written for the Ave Maria he feels from his heart, and he feels the prayers (to Mary) that he requested have not been in vain. He cannot help honoring a magazine which honors the (Mother of God) so highly.

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

1876 Jan. 30
Tenney, Sarah (M.) Brownson: Elizabeth, N(ew) J(ersey)
 to Henry (F. Brownson): (Detroit, Michigan)

(Orestes A. Brownson) used to take 20 drops of calcioum, but she never knew of his taking it himself. He cut up so just after Mammy (Sarah H. Brownson) died, from the effects of it, that Sarah told him she would never give it to him. The Judge (William J. Tenney) often dropped it for him, and he would be obstreperous for a few days, have one or two days of oatmeal and mutton broth, and then come out of it all right again, but this he must have taken a very big dose and given Henry a big fright. Sarah wishes he might once get such a fright that he would leave off doctoring himself, as Henry says. How can Henry let (Brownson) so demean himself as even to think of uniting for the Catholic World? Sarah would not mail the article for (Brownson) were he there. After all Father (Isaac T.) Hecker's insults to think (Brownson) should have so little self-respect as to receive such a proposition with anything but scorn. Besides it is hardly fair to the new Quarterly. (Brownson) promised them his support when they were planning it. He has not even the excuse of needing the pay, because he has money enough for all he wants without writing, especially as he left here, as he said, in order to lessen her expenses. Henry is not to let him do it. No number of the Record ever came for him. The Judge will attend to the matter of Pustet and Sadlier. Mrs. Fleming told Sarah Lily (Pegram's) engagement was broken off. Father (Leo) Thebaud is sick again and gone home to recruit. Father Patrick Hennessey is sorry to hear Henry had been sick. Sarah believes Mr. McCarthy starts as editor of the Catholic World tomorrow. He also comes here tomorrow, intending as he wrote Ruthy (Tenney), in reply to her note of invitation to lay fame, fortune and future at her feet. Sarah has not yet read the new quarterly, she had not the courage to undertake such heavy thinking but the Judge read Henry's article and several others and thinks it a fine affair. The (Judge) saw Henry's article spoken very highly of in the N. Y. Independent. She sends an item about (Patrick) Donahue. Jessie (Tenney) will write during the week. Ruthy walks and very prettily too.

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1876 Jan. 31
Meany, Mary L.: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 to Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She compliments Father Hudson in that he is not materialistic like many people of this era are. She recommends Miss (Eliza Allen) Starr's article entitled "The Glorification of the Passion". She was hesitant as to whether "Our Lady as Mediatrix" with its sentiments would have been accepted for publication. In March she would like to start a story for the Children's Department. It is about Mother Seton's youngest child, Rebecca.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}