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1877 Dec. ?
Ewald, Charles A.: Wytheville, V(irgini)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Ewald wishes McMaster to publish all of the obituary of his uncle, which he encloses, in the next issue. The notice is long, but it will be something which his uncle's children will long preserve and treasure. The fee for the publishing should be sent to him if McMaster wishes to charge anything. Ewald will send him some new subscribers shortly.

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


1877 Dec. 1
O'Connell, Morgan: New Texas L(an)d(in)g, L(ouisian)a
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

O'Connell has just formed an association for the protection of property. He had to take an oath of secrecy and wants to know whether he can be a member according to his duties as a Catholic. Many Catholic have joined.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - 1p. - 4to. - {2}


1877 Dec. 1
Parker, Eliza R.: Bedford Springs, (Kentucky)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She sends a Christmas story to be considered for publication by the Ave Maria. She wonders whether Hudson's request of the previous winter, that she submit an occasional story for the Ave Maria, is still in effect. Holiday greetings are included.

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


1877 Dec. 2
Freitag C.S.S.R., Father A(ugust) M.: Boston, (Massachusetts)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Freitag writes McMaster, thanking him for his sympathy with Mrs. Ryan in the death of her husband Captain Ryan. He has lost a good friend in the Captain and so have the naval cadets and young officers. The Church has lost a most able member. Freitag inquires about McMaster's family and promises prayers for them in his Masses. Of the coming Saturday, Mass will be offered in the basement of the new Church.

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


1877 Dec. 2
Relihan, Thomas J.: Peabody, Mass(achussets)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Relihan sends McMaster $46 which he has collected from new subscribers to the Freeman's Journal. He gives the names of 23 subscribers who have paid already and also names of 16 others who will pay in ten days. He asks for 6 copies of the issue of Dec. 1, (1877) and also 6 of the next issue to appear.

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


1877 Dec. 3
Egan, Maurice F(rancis): Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

If he had been home he would have thanked Hudson sooner for his letter and money in payment for his sonnet, "Cui Bono". As soon as he writes an acceptable article he will send it to the Ave Maria. A sonnet of his was printed in the November issue of the Catholic World. The serial story "Nora" now being published in the Ave Maria excites much interest there.

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


1877 Dec. 3
Fairbanks, Father H.F.: Whitewater, (Wisconsin)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Fairbanks writes McMaster on his feast day. He has been trying to find new subscribers to the Freeman's Journal. Fairbanks sends some facts in reference to the state of Wisconsin. He lists English speaking Missions in the state having German priests. The Archbishop (John Martin Henni) and the Vicar General, Father Martin Kundig in the Cathedral, are both Germans, with only 3 Irish priests. Father Fairbanks then lists the mixed missions in which the Irish prediminate but which still have German priests. In each of these there is a large majority of Irish and there also may be others of which Fairbanks is unaware. From all these English-speaking Missions many English-speaking out-missions are also tended as are English-speaking out-missions from German missions, for example, Kewaskee, St. Bridgets, and a Church at Granville. In many German missions, nearly all except 20 or so, there are some Irish families, sometimes as many as 20 or 30 families. In the 10 English speaking Missions, except the Cathedral (Milwaukee), there are only 2 Catholic schools, those at Waukesha, and Benton. There are no Catholic schools in the other 8 English-speaking Missions, none in the out-missions, and where Irish are found in the mixed missions they must depend on public schools. There are few schools in Missions with Irish priests. Certainly we cannot expect much from a rising generation educated in the public schools and dealing with priests who have but a limited knowledge of the English language. The Irish and Germans, in character are hostile nationalities and the parents can do no better. In his previous letter he gave relative numbers of priests according to nationality. In the Green Bay Diocese the Bishop Francis Xavier Krautbauer classifies each Mission placing the predominant nationality first. In Green Bay Diocese there are 27 German priests and 5 Irish priests and Fairbanks is dubious over the name of Rev. Larmen. There are 19 Missions having German first and 18 having English first, and in 18 English Missions there are 7 Germans, only 5 Irish and the remainder is made of Hollanders, Belgians, and Canadians. A German Bishop has done all of this. With the Irish probably in excess in population, we find 5 Irish and 27 German priests. The Episcopal Council in Milwaukee is German. In La Crosse Diocese, the Bishop (Michael Heiss) is German, the Vic(ar) Gen(eral), the Secretary, all of the Council are German too. In Green Bay Diocese the Bishop is German, the Vic(ar) Gen(eral) is a Belgian, while the secretary, is also German. Therefore the entire state has not even one English speaking official. There is a story going around concerning Father Daugherty and Father Bradley, two former priests of the Diocese. When Father Bradley died Daugherty wrote a grand letter to a newspaper which praised Bradley's priestly qualities and vaguely mentioned the fact that his death was untimely since the Bishop was just about to appoint him as Vic(ar) Gen(eral) for the Irish. This story made an excellent hit by its incongruity and even if the story is false, that is still the nearest we ever came to having an English-speaking official here. Daugherty had no great knowledge for his position. In our Diocesan Seminary we have 12 professors, 2 English, 1 French, and 9 Germans. This does not refer to Pio Mono College. Our Seminary is thoroughly orthodox but is also thoroughly German and all our priests must be educated there. The English priests are merely wanted to teach English, yet this is a diocesan institution and Irish priests must be educated in it. When names were being considered to replace the Bishop of Green Bay, all three names sent to Rome were of Germans and this was done while they were still in St. Louis province. The three names were, Father D. Thill, Father L. Conrad, and Father (J.M.) Gartner who was a friend of Notre Dame Convent, Milwaukee, where Bishop Krautbauer was the Chaplain. There is also report that Bishop Heiss wrote to Rome favoring Father Kroutbauer and that after a year he was appointed as dignissimus. The Servites of Green Bay wrote to their General that if Father Willard's name appeared he should use his influence for him, but only German names appeared. The Archbishop is not very well and may not last out the winter and a slight hope exists that, if he dies without a coadjutor we may be able to place an Irish official, but the Germans see this and are urging him to secure a Coadjutor who will, of course, be German. Father Willard wrote to Miss Edes and part of his letter was read to Card(inal) Franchi and the Holy Father, but he is very slow about writing again. Father Fairbanks asks McMaster if he could write to Miss Edes since he knows her, but wishes his own name kept completely confidential since he fears indirect revenge. In the city of La Crosse the Cathedral is German and there is only one Irish Church, which is sufficient but it has a German priest. Fairbanks repeats his admiration for his old professor Bishop Heiss, but adds that his rule is too German. He tells McMaster that it is best he strike soon through his paper, and such action would be to the delight of all English-speaking priests in the diocese.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 13pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1877 Dec. 4
Sherman, Ellen E.: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre dame, Indiana)

One of the readers of the Ave Maria made a kind contribution to the Indian Missionary fund for which she thanks Hudson. She asks Hudson to acknowledge this donation in the Ave Maria thereby encouraging others to do the same. She asks Hudson to cooperate with her by sending subscription cards to his zealous acquaintances who will return them with their contribution. P.S. She requests that the Ave Maria be sent to her for though she has a life subscription to the magazine she has not been receiving it.

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


1877 Dec. 4
V(anderheyden), E.E.: Ionia (Michigan)
 to Will(iam): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She replies to (James F.) E(dwards) note in this letter and asks him to thank Edwards for his interest in his welfare. By this, she knows that Edwards is interested in him and that he is worthy. Willie must lay a good foundation now.

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 to (James F.) Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Edwards note in Willie's letter gave her much pleasure, and she would be willing to leave him in Edward's care. Edwards' concern tells her Willie is worthy of regard. A warm welcome awaits Edward always.

XI-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 5
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He forwards a letter from Father D(esiderius) Callaert, officially announcing his appeal. As Fathers (Edward) Joos and Camillus Maes are in Rome he asks if it would not be well to retain one of them there for the case. Should he give Callaert the indefinite leave of absence asked for? He asks that Purcell send him the documents in relation to the case from Detroit as well as those of Callaert so that they may learn his plea. He will return them to Purcell.

1877 Dec. 3
Callaert, Father D(esiderius): Marshall, (Michigan)
 to Bishop C(aspar) H. Borgess: of (Detroit, Michigan)

From the letter he received from Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell of Cincinnati, he concludes that he has to go to Rome in person in order to obtain justice and to have his character reestablished. He has already informed Cardinal A(lexander) Franchi to this effect. As he does not wish to create any further musunderstanding he thinks it best to give Borgess this information. If he thinks it proper please give him an indefinite leave of absence and a letter of recommendation to the Bishops so that he may say Mass while on his journey.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {5}


1877 Dec. 5
Howe, Frances R.: St. Catherine's
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She received Hudson's letter and she will be glad to have him make out a list of probable subscribers to her article. She and her friends will then write to each one of them personally. When the answers have been received she will request Hudson to write her an introductory letter to publishers. Her sister Rose Howe has notified Hudson of the arrival of the money which he sent.

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


1877 Dec. 5
Morris, Willie G. (William): Jackson, Mississippi
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Edwards is the only regular correspondent he has at Notre Dame. He receives the Scholastic every week and it affords him much pleasure. He worked as an overseer of the Tailor department of the Penitentiary, but quit because it was so confining. He gets most of his reading matter from Father Picherett (Henry Picheret). They had a very good state fair this year.

XI-1-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 6
Smalley, Mrs. B. H.: St. Albans, V(ermon)t
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Mrs. Smalley sends McMaster $3 subscription fees to the Freeman's Journal. Her husband, who died the previous June 15, and herself, have taken the paper ever since they became Catholics 30 years ago. Her husband did no other reading besides devotional reading, and looked forward to the weekly visit of the paper, to see what "McMaster had to say about conditions". He was over 80 at his death. Since that time Mrs. Smalley has buried their only surviving child, E. Marvin Smalley, who died of a heart disease in Chicago.

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


1877 Dec. 7
Branche, Father J.: Archibald, O(hio)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Franche sends in the name of Mich(ael) Dean of Bryan, Ohio as a new subscriber to the Freeman's Journal. He has been trying to secure more for McMaster but most of his parishioners are German or French and are not too interested in English papers. He will send the fee shortly.

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


1877 Dec. 7
Darr, George W.: Cincinnati, Ohio
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He asks Edwards to send him the photograph of himself and a young lady in fancy costume which he gave Edwards some time ago. He warns Edwards to take care of his delicate health. He is dying to hear news from Notre Dame. He asks why Father (Joseph C.) Carrier (C.S.C.) was suddenly called to Canada. Darr has been transformed into an angel since his near death. He has concluded to enjoy the happiness of single blessedness. He asks if it is possible to get the Scholastics for the years he attended School.

XI-1-a - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1877 Dec. 7
Stoddard, Cha(rle)s (W.): Perth Amboy, New Jersey
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

When speaking of Hudson to Daniel Paul in Rome, Stoddard used to see the Ave Maria. He offers to contribute an article in return for a subscription to the Ave Maria. He sees so little Catholic literature that the Ave Maria will be a godsend. Paul's letter will be delightful to him.

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


1877 Dec. 8
McGill, N. F.: Bardstown, K(entuck)y
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

A subscriber to the Journal for more than a quarter of a century, McGill feels free to give his opinion on the paper. During that period it has been a most valuable organ for spreading true Catholic doctrine and for adding to the Catholic education of himself and his family. Catholics have no complaint against McMaster on any count. He admires McMaster's blunt way of calling political ideas by their proper names but believes that H. Simpson holds a mesmerizing influence over him. This one man seems to be the only one who sways McMaster to favoritism, so much so, that often McMaster can see no weakness in him at all. This is the one principal political weakness of McMaster. McGill is sorry to see such small response to the Indian Missions and predicts that the Indians, if given continual missionary help, will be more civilized in 50 years than the whites. He sends $3 as the subscription fee for John O'Bryan of Hunter Depot, Kentucky and also $7 for a continued subscription of his own.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 4 to - {1}


1877 Dec. 9
Dutreive, Th.: Edgard, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In view of the attitude of the Catholics of their district against the new parish which Perche believed it necessary to form, Dutreive believes that the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes is still an indispensable necessity. The inhabitants have resolved not to come to the aid of the new parish. P.S. In view of the poverty of the times it would be preferable to multiply the chapels rather than to build parochial churches.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 3pp. - 4to. - {3}


1877 Dec. 10
Borgess, C(aspar) H., Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for the documents which gave him the first intimation of the malicious character of the warfare. There is no priest of the name of Patrick Reilly in Detroit, but the handwriting shows him to be a Belgian priest of the clique formerly in Detroit, now in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It does not seem possible that there are fifteen priests in the circle at present in Detroit, there being but nine left of the original number, unless they have recruited their forces. He wishes the distasteful element would leave. He infers from the new information that Father (Francis J.) Pabisch condemned Borgess, according to Father (J) Molphy of London, Canada, visiting Mt. St. Mary's. He is sorry that Purcell receives such cruel abuse on Borgess' account.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {4}


1877 Dec. 10
Lamb, John: Washington, Ind(iana)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Lamb sends McMaster $5.00 to buy a 20th part of a ticket in the Royal Havanah Lottery. If McMaster does not believe that this is an honest lottery he is not to buy the ticket. He asks McMaster to do this because he has secured several new subscribers to the Freeman's and because his father has subscribed since 1858. The drawing comes off on the 31st of (Dec.) but if his entrance is too late he wishes to be included in the drawing of Jan. 17, (1878). This is to be done only if the lottery is honest, and if not, he sends his return address for the money.

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


1877 Dec. 10
P., P.: Bunker Hill, Ill(inois)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

P. P. has no pecuniary interest in this matter at all, but wishes McMaster to republish an advertisement for the book, A Pearl Among the Virtues, printed by Murphy and Co. Both the author and translater have had the welfare of Christian youth in mind while working on this book and the work should be spread. P. is anxious that the notice be printed at this particular time in order to induce those who will be buying Christmas presents, to spend their money for such a useful and valuable gift.

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


1877 Dec. 10
Power, Thom(as) M.: Saugerties,
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Power praises McMaster for his work on the Freeman's Journal. He asks for 5 copies of the paper containing the appeal for patrons to be sent to him. One is to be sent to the Wolf Tone Literary Society, and another to the Father Mathew Society. If McMaster sends them this week's number they will be able to read the pulpit oration of F(ather) Thomas Burke. The sermon concerned Nans Neagle, whose relatives were old friends of Powers? These societies would also like back copies of Burke's sermons on the family of Ligauri and on the families of Moriarity and B(isho)p Fitzgerald, of Ross? The uncle of B(isho)p Fitzgerald Bishop Keane of Cloyne was a friend of Powers' in Ireland and was the Cardinal McClosky of his day in that country. Now Tom Croke, and Tom Burke can share that honor. Powers wishes he could speak to McMaster about McMahon of France who represents piety and religion just as well as Gambetto, Jules Simoit, and Grevy, the Satanic trio of Communists represent infidelity and hell. He compliments McMaster on his hit at the worn out Dukes.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 12
Kemper, (Father) Charles L.: Greenville, (Ohio)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

He appeals to Purcell on behalf of two persons who have sinfully neglected the Church's laws but for whom he would beg indulgent consideration. Six years ago John Finney began to live with the wife of his deceased brother and the result of their cohabitation has been one child still living. At present John is near death but would not consent to a separation although he might die without the Sacraments. It is a case of blind stubborness in a man who is well spoken of and possesses the theoretical faith as found only in the Irish. John and Bridget humbly ask for a dispensation, since they were married by a squire. He fears that few people think of marriage as sacred in this community. Several parties were married by the squire though there were impediments of cult and religion. One girl openly lives with a man whose wife is still walking the streets, but she will not leave him and still comes to church. He is contented there and his only complaint is the indifference to reception of the Sacraments. P.S.—The sinful cohabitation of the parties is a matter of public notoriety even among Catholics.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 12
Relihan, T(homas) J.: Peabody, Mass(achussets)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Relihan sends McMaster $24 for subscriptions to the Freeman's Journal and lists the 12 subscribers. He had 43 projects but 8 refused and so he lists 5 names which McMaster is to strike from his mailing lists. Relihan wishes McMaster the Seasons Greetings and says he will find more subscribers.

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


1877 Dec. 14
Kampschraer Father, H.: La Crosse, Wis(consin)
 to Ja(m)es (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Father Kampschraer desires to find a reliable periodical on higher education, concerning methods of teaching in academies, colleges and high schools. He asks McMaster to recommend such a book if he knows of any, and also any discourses on teaching methods, which he may think valuable.

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


1877 Dec. 14
Kelly, J(ames) R.: Sacket's Harbor, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Henry F.) Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Kelly forwards to Henry the Army Register and would like to know if he receives them. Kelly sends season's greetings to all.

III-3-a - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 12mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 14
Relihan, Thomas J.: Peabody, Mass(achusetts)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

Relihan has received the letter from Mr. McDevitt and tells McMaster not to go to any expense for books on his account. He feels indebted to the Freeman's Journal and wishes it were in every Catholic home and in securing subscriptions for it as he did, his purpose was to increase the circulation. He will continue to do all he can for the paper and does not want his ardor dampened by the sending of a present.

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


1877 Dec. 15
Fitzgerald, M.A.: Gilroy, Cal(ifornia)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She submits a few verses in honor of the Blessed Virgin which Hudson may print in the Ave Maria if he wishes.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 16
Stewart, J. H.: Indianapolis, Indiana
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

His son John writes that he is suffering from piles and must come home Christmas for medical advice. Stewart thinks perhaps it is only an excuse. He is not satisfied with the Progress John is making in school. He shows a revengeful spirit. He thinks he can go through the world without further schooling. Stewart writes to Edwards because John has a special liking for him. Stewart thinks it harmful for John to spend the holidays at home.

XI-1-a - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 16
Stücker, O.S.F., Brother Quirinus: St. Louis, (Missouri)
 to (Herman Stücker: New Orleans, Louisiana)

He would have written sooner but did not have the time. It hurts him to learn that Doris (Rust) objects to priests and he asks him to pray that some day she will return to the Church. Some time ago, Joh(ann) Wächter came to see him. Wachter had been working for the railroad but, with many others, was released. His uncle died two years ago. Next month his will will be probated. His parents in Germany are well-to-do. Father Irenaeus (Bierbaum, O.S.F.) is now in Cleveland at a seminary studying philosophy. Boniface Glahn has received the name Marianus. Father Ewaldus (Fahle, O.S.F.) took Irenaeus' place as Lector and Father (Richard?, O.S.F.) is an instructor. The former vicar, Father (Ambrosius) Jans(s)en, (O.S.F.) is at St. Boniface's Church in Quincy. Father (Francis A.) Ostrop has no permanent post and is now in Texas. Suarez can not measure up to St. Thomas. At present three (Franciscan) Fathers are traveling through Europe in search of writings by St. Bonaventure. Netzer does not know much of Bonaventure or he could not have stated that he wrote only five books. Brother Rochus, O.S.F. recommends himself to his prayers; his illness gives him much discomfort. (P.S.) All the (Franciscan) Brothers, especially Thomas, Samuel, and Rochus, send their regards. He sends the enclosed (no enclosures) letter and picture to Doris.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (German) - 4pp. - 12mo. - {13}


1877 Dec. 17
Borgess, C(asper) H., Bishop of Detroit: Detroit, (Michigan)
 to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell): (of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Since Fathers (Michael) O'Neil and (Edward) Higgins, S.J. do not know Father Charles O'Reilly's given name, they might be deceived by the "Patrick" Reilly. Messrs. Barry, O'Brien, and Brennan who are considered experts and engravers by profession, have declared the letter of Nov. 26 addressed to Purcell and signed "Patrick Reilly" to be the disguised handwriting of Father D(esiderius) Callaert. Father Schutjes will send Purcell their opinions and reasons for it in a day or two. This opinion, which is reliable enough to condemn any forgery in a civil court shows the vileness of the unfortunate man and shows the desperate means to which such people have recourse. He extends the compliments of the season.

II-5-f - A.L.S. - 1p. - 8vo. - {3}


1877 Dec. 17
Carr, John O.: Houston, Texas
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) Y(ork), (New York)

Carr sends McMaster $1 as part payment for his subscription to the Freeman's Journal. He also sends 60 as mission dues to aid the Indian Missions.

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


1877 Dec. 17
Egan, Maurice F.: Phil(adelphi)a, P(ennsylvani)a
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends a poem, not a sonnet, for the Ave Maria.

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


1877 Dec. 17
Monohan, Roges: Kansas City, M(iss)o(uri)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Monohan sends McMaster $20.00 as subscription fees to the Freeman's Journal for eight new subscribers who are listed along with four who are cancelling their subscriptions.

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


1877 Dec. 17
Ragot, Sister M. Joseph: Clomnel, (Ireland)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She requests that Hudson publish the enclosed sermon and poem in the Ave Maria along with correcting a prevailing erroneous opinion which states that Nano Nagle did not become a member of the Order she founded. She hopes that Brother Fidelis is enjoying good health.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 32mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 19
Coleman, Daniel: Fort Riley, Kansas
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: New York, (New York)

Coleman sends McMaster $10.00 for the Freeman's Journal for himself, and for D. O. Sullivan, and Patrick Burns, both of Manhattan, Kansas. He also sends $4.00 in mission dues to aid the Indian Missions of Father Isidore Robot, O.S.B.

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


1877 Dec. 19
Atchison, Ka(nsa)s
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

A person who desires the grace to become a Benedictine sends McMaster $2 to aid the Indian Missions.

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


1877 Dec. 19
Robot, O.S.B., Dom Isidore:
Atoka, Indian Territory
 to James (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

He sent in August some documents to McMaster concerning the favors granted by the Holy See to the Association and to the Benedictine monastry, which McMaster has reproduced in the Journal. Although these matters are only part of McMaster's life they wished him to know of them first. The superiors are also happy over the recognition of the Holy Father. In so far as he has learned that McMaster's health has not improved he suggests that he come and visit them where the air is so healthful. Since he can do nothing else he will continue to pray for his recovery. Robot asks that McMaster send him the figures on the amount deposited in the bank by McMaster for him. The money will be very welcome since their resources are none, while the size of their expenses is passably round. Robot begs McMaster in his affection for them not to take the time to answer this letter, until he is perfectly recovered. His pages give courage but they will do without when they cannot do more.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 8vo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 20
Cassidy, John F.:
San Jose Mission
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He wishes to make known the unscrupulous business methods used by Brother Francis, an agent of the Ave Maria in Cassidy's region. First Cassidy provided Brother Francis with the names of his parishoners who would be most inclined to subscribe to the Ave Maria. Then because of Brother Francis' lack of time Cassidy not only agreed to solicit the subscriptions himself but he also paid for them in advance. However, in payment for his kindness and hospitality, Cassidy was disgusted to learn that Brother Francis in direct breach of their agreement had privately obtained subscriptions from all the prospective subscribers and accepted their advance payment without informing them of the previous arrangements with Cassidy. Since the excessive number of Ave Marias cannot be disposed of and are therefore useless, it is needless to say that the subscriptions should be discontinued. The Ave Maria may retain the advance payment he made as a donation since he regards the Ave Maria as utterly unaware and innocent of the smart trick employed by Brother Francis.

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


1877 Dec. 20
Egan, Thomas D.: New York, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Egan, writing from the New York Catholic Agency, sends McMaster $5. as a donation to St. Michael's Society for the Indian Missions. This money is donated by Father Ja(me)s J. Moriarity of Chatham Village, N(ew) Y(ork).

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


1877 Dec. 20
Huet, Elisabeth: Angers, (France)

Huet has made her will and appoints Denis Davy, the painter, and his wife Victoria (McGraw?) Mgreau her universal heirs.

VI-3-a - A.D.S. - (French) - 1p. - 16mo. - {2}


1877 Dec. 21
O'Meara, Kathleen: Paris, (France)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She is pleased to receive the Ave Maria weekly but it saddens her to think that she is no longer associated with the publishing of it. Her one consolation, however, is the thought that the Ave Maria is a source of great enjoyment to the many readers to whom she lends it, and especially the Passionist Fathers. She hopes that the Ave Maria is enjoying a period of progress and prosperity. The French people are praying that the life of their Cardinal who was arrested on his way to Rome and is now dangerously ill in Nice will be spared. While a revolution has been temporarily averted in France the people feel that it is just the calm before the storm. If their fears materialize she and others may have to take refuge in Indiana. She offers to help the Ave Maria at any time. She asks Hudson to greet Father (Edward) Sorin for her.

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


1877 Dec. 24
Joslin, Father Titus: New York, (New York)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Fr. Joslin has been induced by J. B. Ford and Co., to use his efforts in furthering the sale of the book, "The Heroic Women of the Bible and the Church." The author is a very esteemed person and has the approval of the Cardinal Archbishop. As an added premium a large and magnificent Oleograph of the Madonna, by Murillo is being given away with each book. Soon he will call upon McMaster to see if he is interested.

I-2-b - printed postcard - 1p. - postal card - {1}


1877 Dec. 26
Donnelly, Eleanor C.: Phil(adelphi)a, (Pennsylvania)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She submits a poem which she believes to be the best she has ever written for the Ave Maria with the request that Hudson pay whatever he thinks just. She would appreciate having several copies of the Ave Maria containing the poem sent her.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - 32mo. - {1}


1877 Dec. 26
Martin, Edward: Branford, C(onnecticut)
 to Ja(me)s A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Martin sends McMaster $10.00 as subscription fees for the Freeman's Journal, which is to be sent to himself, to Peter Martin of Bridgport, (Conn)., and Denis Murray of Newtown, (Conn). He will try to secure more subscribers.

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


1877 Dec. 26
Tello, Manly: Cleveland, O(hio)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends Hudson best wishes for the New Year along with an offer to put his services at the disposal of the Ave Maria. His efforts to aid the Ave Maria are severely hindered because he is a stranger in a strange community.

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


1877 Dec. 27
Cowley, Mrs. B. P.: Harrisville, Mich(igan)
 to James Alphonsus McMaster: (New York, New York)

Cowley sends McMaster $4.44 as mission dues to aid the Indian Missions. She names 5 new contributors to her group, and calls attention to the proper spelling of her name.

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


1877 Dec. 27
Jennings, M.E.: Wequiock,
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Jennings sends McMaster $5.40 as mission dues to aid the Indian Missions. He lists the 15 contributors.

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


1877 Dec. 27
Schmittgen C.S.S.R., Father H.: Philadelphia, P(ennsylvani)a
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Father Schmittgen sends McMaster a copy of the summary of Indulgences and also some preliminary remarks concerning the Arch-confraternity of (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in order to show him that it is favored by the Holy See. Schmittgen asks McMaster to prepare a few articles from the book he left him in New York, and he would especially like to see in print. Father Cal(ifornia), Conn(ecticut) and Ireland.

I-2-b - A.L.S. - 2pp. - 8vo. - {I}


1877 Dec. 28
Mercy, Sisters of:
Convent of Mercy Malone, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

The Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Convent have seen notices that an Arch-confraternity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is being formed and asks McMaster if it is possible for them to join. They ask him where they can obtain the medals with so many indulgences attached.

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


1877 Dec. 28
Starr, Eliza Allen:
St. Joseph's Cottage, (Chicago, Illinois)
 to Father(Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She encloses a sonnet appropriate for publication on the feast on St. Sebastian. She was happy to see her "Capuchin Chapel" published in the Ave Maria and she hopes that "St. Ambrose" will be printed in the near future. If Hudson has hesitated to publish "St. Ambrose" because of her statement when sending it that it was intended only for the Children's Department he may brush aside this objection. She adapted it to a young audience in accordance with Hudson's previously expressed wish but she gives Hudson full permission to place her contributions to the Ave Maria wherever he thinks they will prove most effective. Their cave-like imitation of the Crib at Betheleham incites great devotion in the huge crowds that visit it. As the new year is almost at hand she is eagerly waiting to see what her gift from the Ave Maria will be. While the past year has been very difficult for her to endure now that she has almost completely regained her health the outlook for the coming year appears very promising. The poem concerning the Blessed Sacrament which Hudson had asked her to evaluate has since appeared in the English "Angelus" with acknowledgements to the Ave Maria. She sends Hudson a beautiful sermon for the Ave Maria which was sent to her by Mr. Hutchison.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. and a small insert. - {1}


1877 Dec. 29
Duggan, Michael: Newburgh, (New York)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Duggan writes McMaster for advice and guidance concerning his son who entered the Seminary of Troy, N(ew) Y(ork). His son had been in the seminary 2 years under the direction of His Eminence (Cardinal Archbishop McCloskey) but also had been with the Jesuits on 16th street for seven years and decided he would attempt to join the Society (of Jesus). The Cardinal, not doubting the purity of the motives of Duggan's son, refused him permission since he feared that continual changing might set a poor example for other seminarians, but gave him permission to apply to another Bishop. The son has of his education finished so he would not be much expense to any Bishop who would take him. Very good testimonials on his character can be secured from the President, Father (Henry) Gabriels S.T.L. (St. Joseph's Theological Seminary of Troy, N. Y.), and from the Fathers at Manresa. Duggan has spent a great deal on the education of his son and so wishes McMaster to advise him on which course to follow and to use his influence if possible to secure another Bishop who will accept him.

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


1877 Dec. 29
Torney, Father Luke: Carson City, (Nevada)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Torney sends McMaster $24 for subscriptions to the Freeman's Journal. He asks that the papers for the 10 subscribers be sent to his own address until he sends in separate names and addresses.

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


1877 Dec. 30
Howe, Rose B.F.:
St. Catherine's Convent
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Because of the fact that most nuns totally lack knowledge of the Church's rules pertaining to the dispensations of the fasting regulations her illness has reoccurred with all of its vileness just at a time when she had almost completely regained her health. Inaccordance with the doctor's order the nuns fed her meat on a day of abstinence but because of their unjustified disagreement with the dispensation they cooked it so coarsely that it almost caused her death. She hopes that someday the nuns will learn the dispensations of the Church as well as they learn the rules. Since she now knows the complete story of the refusal to bless their, the Howe's, chapel she will tell it to Father General when she next goes to Notre Dame. The nun in the infirmary would have let Hudson borrow the "Rosier de Marie" but she had already sent it to another convent. Contrary to the general belief in Church circles she states that the Church does revere some statues more than others. She had lent her rosary with its many attached indulgences to a doctor. Now she wonders whether she has completely lost all the benefits and blessings attached to it since she lent it to him. The response to her sister's circular appeal for subscriptions to her book has not been nearly as successful as expected; therefore, they are hoping that the announcement in the Ave Maria will bring the desired results. The Mother Superior at the convent has received several acceptance letters by mistake which she destroyed or threw aside. She asks whether some other arrangement could be made with the publishers if the required number of subscriptions are not obtained. She suggests one other possible method of proceeding. Her sisterFrances Howe would like to know whether Hudson plans to write her a letter of introduction to Kelly, Piet, &Co.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 12mo. - {2}


1877 Dec. 30
Wilber, J.: Lockport, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Wilber writes to inform McMaster of the death of his old friend and subscriber, Hiram McCallum, on Dec. 29, (1877). McCallum died very quietly and peacefully after receiving the last rites and Sacraments for the dying. In his 72 years he was a man of great strength of character and devotion to what he believed right. When he was converted to Catholicism 30 years ago he was much ridiculed and criticized but his devotion was so strong that he silenced every tongue by his example. He is much respected for his kindness and generosity, firmness in faith, and honorable qualities. The burial is on Jan. 2, (1878) from St. John's Church in Lockport, N. Y.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Brehony, Father Tho(ma)s: Susga Depot, P(ennsylvani)a
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Brehony sends McMaster $21 in subscription to the Freeman's Journal and names the 10 subscribers, one of whom will send his fee himself. He has done his best by collecting only $2 from each instead of the $2.10 specified but he believes McMaster will be satisfied.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Dunbar, (Colonel Richard): Waukesha, Wisconsin
 to James F. Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He wishes Edwards very many returns of the festive season. The Colonel and Estelle are in San Antonio, Texas, as the guest of the bishop (Anthony Dominic Pellicer). He thanks Edwards for his kind intention of the Holy Mass; let it be offered for his darling son.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Kelly J(ames) R.: Sacket's Harbor, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to H(enry) F. Brownson: (Detroit, Michigan)

Kelly wishes all a happy New Year. No copy of the order in Wildrick's case yet come. Abram was sentenced to be dismissed from the service but the President was pleased at Abram's "very creditable account and let him off with 4 months suspension from rank and command, on $50 a month Bush off the 22nd. whom they tried at Detroit, received the same sentence but his conmuted to 8 months suspension and $50 dollars per month. Bush may thank Kelly that Bush is still in the service for if Kelly had not sollicited those signatures nobody else would have bothered.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Moore, Father P(atrick):
St. Thomas' Church Wilmington, N(orth) C(arolina)
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Moore sends McMaster $39.00 as subscription fees to the Freeman's Journal. Among the new subscribers are Rev. J.J. Reilly, St. Paul's Church, New Berne, N(orth) C(arolina); Col(onel) T. McMahon, Greensboro, N. C.; and Messrs. Lee, O'Sullivan, McCormick, Whittington and O'Connor of North Carolina. Others are listed from F(lorid)a, Schmittgen now has permission to prepare a book about the Arch-confraternity in English and German but will not have time to start for a few months yet. He requests 2 extra copies of any issue of the Freeman's Journal in which articles about the Arch-confraternity appear. The Freeman have made the Arch-confraternity known in San Francisco, Cal(ifornia). He promises to send $6.00 to defray expenses of the articles.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Parker, Eliza R.: Bedford Springs, K(entuck)y
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She received a letter from Patrick Donahue, formerly a writer for the Boston Pilot, in which he highly praised her Christmas story and the Ave Maria. She has not heard from the Ave Maria since she sent the manuscript. This worries her because she knows that Hudson is in the habit of paying for the manuscript as soon as it is published. She asks Hudson's advice concerning a book of popular poems by Catholic authors which she intends to publish. Her reason for writing is to help her husband pay the mortgage on their home and to support their children. She would be happy to write a serial story for the Ave Maria on a subject of Hudson's own choice.

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


1877 Dec. 31
Stanley, M.N.: New York, (New York)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She sends a manuscript translated from the French language by Miss Helen Stanley, well known in New York and Paris society circles, who has been described as a faultless translator by a publisher in Philadelphia. Lady Georgiana Fullerton, the author of the article, advised her to send the translation to the Ave Maria. If this story is not used she requests that it be returned to her address in New York. Miss Stanley would like to know what remuneration she would receive if Hudson would accept her as a regular contributor of letters or translations. Many of her translations and stories have been published in "Little's Living Age" and other magazines.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 18mo. - {3}


1877 Dec. 31
Stephens, Mrs. Linton: Sparta, G(eorgi)a
 to J(ames) A(lphonsus) McMaster: New York, (New York)

Stephens sends McMaster the subscription fee for the Freeman's Journal, and also a years mission dues to aid the Indian Missions, from Mrs. R. H. Salters. She requests a copy of the paper, in which was printed an advertisement for the New Editor of St. Gertrude's Manual of Prayers, as she is unable to get any information on the book elsewhere. She would like to secure new subscribers to the paper but there are few Catholics in her neighborhood and all are poor.

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