University of Notre Dame


1878 Oct. 1,
Robot, O.S.B., Father Isidore: Oberlin, Indian Territory
 to James (Alphonsus) McMaster: New York, New York

He encloses two letters one for Miss (Ella) Edes in Rome and the other for the donor of the splendid vestments asking that McMaster forward them to their respective addresses. He does not think it proper to offer his thanks to Cardinal (John) Simeoni successor to Cardinal Franchi who sent the gift but upon McMaster's suggestion will do so. He hopes a reliable man will be appointed Indian agent in Washington, since no confidence can now be placed in the impudent dishonest Indian Bureau of the present.

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

(1878) Oct. 1
Russell, Father Matthew: Dublin, (Ireland)
 to (Father) (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He has delayed in writing in hopes of sending Hudson something else but he finds himself too hurried. He must not put off thanks to Professor (James F.) Edwards any longer.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1 p. - 16 mo. - {1}

1878 Oct. 6
Pombiray, Henri de: St. Louis, Missouri
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché): New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Pombiray thanks (Perché) for his reply relative to the association of reparation to the Holy Face which came to him by way of Father (Celestin) Frain; as for Frain's request for prayers for Perché and his diocese, he has transmitted it to the Oratory of the Holy Face at Tours. He has also made known to Father (P.) Janvier (Perché's) intention to write to Archbishop (Charles Theodore) Colet for more information. Father (Frederick P.) Garesché, S.J., of Milwaukee has written to Pombiray's father that he intends to continue the work of (Leon Papin Dupont). The small pamphlet, already used, is the only one he has containing the promises made by O(ur) L(ord) to Sister Marie de St. Pierre, O. Carm. Frain will explain the error which caused him to send oil from a lamp of the Grotto of Lourdes with which he touched the images believing he was using oil from the Oratory of the Holy Face.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 2pp. - 4to. - {7}

1878 Oct. 7
Baker, Sadie L.: Oswego, Illinois
 to Father D(aniel) E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She welcomed Hudson's letter of May 28th asking her to again contribute articles to the Ave Maria. Wanting to enclose a story when she wrote and knowing that there would not be any demand for her contributions until the present serial story was completed she delayed her answer until now.

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

(1878) Oct. 7
Cincinnati, Commercial: Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Rev. P.B. Morgan's review of Bishop (Thomas Augustus) Jagger's sermon on the mission of heresy. The fiftieth anniversary of Father (Francis X.) Weninger's ordination to the priesthood with a sketch of his life.

I-1-e - Newspaper clipping - 4 columns - folio - {3}

1878 Oct. 8
Boursetty, J(ules) de: Paris, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

They received the last number of the Propagateur which brought reassuring news about (Perché's) health. They hope he will be able to complete the work begun in 1876 and almost terminated today. He says almost because in his last letter Father (Joseph Marie) Millet said he needed two million for complete unification of the debt. Everything appeared ready and the late Millet arranged a meeting at Paris to converse with them on the subject. He wonders if his successor will have the same plans. Boursetty believes (Perché) should come. Father Leneuf told him last evening that he would not leave Europe until he saw (Perché) and spoke to him on the subject.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 4pp. - 8vo. - {3}

1878 Oct. 8
Hutchison, William J.M.: Bath, (England)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Having changed his residence from Wells to Bath, and feeling ashamed to accept the beautiful and charming Ave Maria as a gift any longer he advises Hudson to discontinue sending it. He encloses a conversion notice and promises to send Hudson a copy of the Whitehall Review containing a comprehensive list of all the conversions to the Catholic faith in the last forty years.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 3pp. - 18mo. - {1}

1878 Oct. 11
Jenkins, Father T(homas) J.: Hardinsburg, K(entuck)y
 to F(athe)r (Daniel B.) H(udson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Since the books of Canon Law to be reviewed for the Ave Maria will not arrive until tomorrow he doubts whether the work can be completed in time for the next issue of the magazine. While possessing some knowledge of this subject and willingly trying to acquire more, he does not want to be quoted as an expert in the field of Canon Law. This is in acknowledgement of Hudson's postal card.

x-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p. - Postal Card - {1}

1878 Oct. 14
Ebner, O.S.B., Father Claude: Devil's Lake Agency, Dakota Terr(itory)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He sends Hudson thanks for both the letter and the free subscription to the Ave Maria, along with reiterating his pledge to support the Ave Maria always. If he had a better command of the English language he would write an article lauding the merits of the Ave Maria but instead he urges Hudson to do so giving particular mention to the value of a subscription to the Ave Maria as a Christmas gift. He believes that Hudson will find it necessary to revise his estimate of the Indiana agents since the conduct of some of them is, especially the one at Fort Totten, beyond reproach. In fact, the life of James McLaughlin, the agent at Fort Totten, so exemplifies the Christian ideal way of living that it provides a fitting example for the remainder of the people at the settlement to follow. The infrequentness of the mail arrivals and departures presents many difficulties for Ebner. Being the only priest in that area Ebner is kept quite busy with his ecclesiastical duties. It would greatly aid in the spread of Catholic thought if Hudson would send Ebner a supply of Catholic prayers and pamphlets for distribution to the Indians and to the soldiers at the garisson. He gives Hudson the right to insert any abstracts of interest from this or other letters he sends in the Ave Maria.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 6pp. - 12mo. - {2}

1878 Oct. 14
Oechtering, Father John: La Porte, Ind(iana)
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Oechtering, pastor of St. Joseph's Church of La Porte, is concerned with occasional remarks made about the morals of Father Hill, by an author unknown to him. In addition, he has been astonished to note that the excellent Freeman's Journal has published two statements which are unqualified and open expressions of the condemned error of traditionalism. The Vatican Council has defined that human reason, without the aid of revelation, can acquire the knowledge of God, but this dogma regards only the theory of anthropology. Oetchering claims that McMaster holds that God taught Adam and Adam handed this as tradition over to his posterity in the natural manner of language. This is not the natural light, but is the supernatural light of reason. The well meaning writer has confounded the terms 'natural' and 'supernatural'. Revelation remains supernatural, even if transmitted by a heathen. To say that the tradition of revealed truth, although handed down by the natural means of language, is the natural light of human reason, is to reproduce the condemned traditionalism of Bonetty, Bautain, and poor Lamennais. Oetchering gives a detailed argument to support his thesis. Oetchering believes that McMaster's writer should perceive that St. Paul condemned the Romans and Greeks because they had not adored God and because they had depended on tradition alone as the basis of human reason, while ignoring the other natural light, the visible works of God. It is very well for Father Thebaud, benefitted by the heavenly light of full Christianity, to find scattered remnants of the original revelation among the rubbish of paganism, but to establish this tradition as being the only natural light of the inellect, would have made St. Paul smile. The writer of the article has degraded human reason to nothing but pure memory and learning by heart. Oetchering agrees that God spoke supernatural truths to Adam but disagrees with the conclusion of the writer that God taught Adam. The language was created with Adam because Holy Scripture does not say that God taught Adam to speak; on the contrary, God spoke to Adam and Adam readily understood and answered. Adam could not have understood even God's first word unless God had created him in full possession of a given language and faculty of language. The writer is very inaccurate in making language a divine revelation because this statement is a contradiction, since revelation of language could not come before language itself. Language was created with human nature and has been passed down from our first parents in the same way as human nature itself—by tradition. The writer is also inconsistent in holding metaphysical philosophy in contempt while he upholds moral philosophy in the same breath. The remarks on St. Thomas are shallow. If St. Thomas were alive he would write the world's best book on metaphysics. The writer, as do all of us, wishes education to be more Christian, but this cannot be done by shutting up education in the Catechism. Instead, the light of holy revelation should be shed upon all sciences from history or tradition up to the highest after theology, which is philosophy. Neo-scholastic philosophy in fighting the attacks of an apostate philosophy on its own ground. Men will continue to err in philosophy just as in theology, but it is their own fault if they place their intellect above God's. Oetchering believes McMaster will take steps to qualify these statements which appeared in his paper through an unknown writer, but does not wish to have his own name or letter published since he is not courting a newspaper fight. He has been prompted to write only because he loves God's truth and fears that some readers may be deluded by the heretical opinions of Lamennais. He considers McMaster a noble warrior in the cause of truth and so has written personally to him as a friend. He would appreciate receiving an answer.

I-2-c - A.L.S. - 8pp. - 12 mo. - {2}

1878 Oct. 14
(Stanislaus, Brother): Loretto, P(ennsylvani)a.
 to Father (Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

With the cooperation of his cousin he has succeeded in acquiring a cane and salt cellar formerly used by Father D(emitrius) A. Gallitzin. In order to obtain the cane which had been inherited by the nephew of Joseph Freidhoff he found it necessary to give the nephew a two-year subscription to the Ave Maria. He awaits Hudson's decision before granting his cousin a subscription for his work in securing the cane. The list of new subscribers to the Ave Maria will be sent tomorrow. Father (Edward A.) Bush of Loretto recommended the Ave Maria.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 4 pp. - 12 mo - {3}

1878 Oct. 15
Donnelly, Eleanor C.: Phil(adelphi)a, (Pennsylvania)
 to Father (Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She sends a poetical legend for the Ave Maria costing the usual price which shows that all things work for the benefit of those who love God.

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

1878 Oct. 17
Egan, Maurice F.: (New York, New York)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Egan received Hudson's letter containing the remittance and the excerpt which he promptly ordered to be printed. The conditions under which he operates the (Illustrated) Weekly are not ideal especially since he is not allowed to remunerate the writers for their contributions. Despite this handicap, however, his burden is lightened by the kindness of the people with whom he works. It is his belief that the Ave Maria, already one of the best Catholic magazines, is steadily advancing to a state of perfection. He sends his greetings to Prof. (James F.) Edwards. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the photograph of Hudson that was promised to be sent in Hudson's last letter.

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

1878 Oct. 17
Layton, Tho(ma)s: New Orleans, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph) Perché: Grand Coteau, L(ouisian)a

As Treasurer of the Catholic Relief Association for the Victims of Yellow Fever, Layton has been requested by Father G(ustave) A. Rouxel, Honorary President of the Association, to place at Perché's personal disposal the sum of $500. (The names of) C.E. Girardey, W.B. Lancaster, John T. Moore, and Dr. E. Doumeing (appear on the stationery as officers of the Association).

VI-3-a - A.L.S.) - 1p. - 4to. - {7}

1878 Oct. 17
Zilliox, O.S.B., Father James: (Beatty, Pennsylvania)
 to Father D(aniel) E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He encloses a story intended for the children's section of the Ave Maria written by one of the students. Hudson has permission to alter in any way necessary to meet his needs. However if it is refused he asks that Hudson take exception to the rule by returning it at Zilliox' expense.

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

1878 Oct. 18
Lambing, Father A(ndrew) A.: Pittsburgh, (Pennsylvania)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

The regretable delay in obtaining the approbation of John Tuigg, Bishop of Pittsburgh for his pamphlet was due to the fact that the bishop is now extremely busy with diocesan duties. Wanting to make a few minor changes in manuscript he asks for other proof sheets to examine. He is thinking of advertising his "Orphans Friend and Sunday School Teacher's Manual" on the back cover of the pamphlet.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p.royal - - 8 vo. - {2}

1878 Oct. 19
The Connecticut Catholic: Hartford, Conn(ecticut)

Clipping containing the account of the death of Bishop Thomas Galberry, O.S.A.

I-1-c - Clipping - 4pp. {1}

1878 Oct. 19
Conway, Katherine E.: Buffalo, (New York)
 to (Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She submits a short story hoping that it will prove acceptable for the Ave Maria. After citing her previous journalistic experience she expresses a hope to be allowed to contribute occasional articles to the Ave Maria.

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

1878 Oct. 20
Robot, O.S.B., Father Isidore: Atoka, Indian Territory
 to (James Alphonsus McMaster): (New York, New York)

Robot has received $5.50 as a donation to the Confraternity for the aid of the Indian Missions. This money has been sent to him by Miss Mary Bonnat of Louisville, Ohio.

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

1878 Oct. 23
Audran, Father E(rnest): Jeffersonville, (Indiana)
 to (James Alphonsus) McMaster: (New York, New York)

Audran thanks McMaster for an article of Oct. 19, on the late Bishop (Felix) Dupanloup (of Orleans, France). The young clergy and laity of the country who are not acqainted with the history of the church for the past 25 or 30 years may feel startled and half scandalized at the severity of McMasters remarks in regard to so celebrated a prelate, and Audran knows that some do, but tells McMaster not to worry about it. It is best that they should be undeceived so that undue respect and authority should not be given to a man in whose hands it may some day be a dangerous tool. These people should know that the Bishop showed much more of a desire to occupy the world than an honest zeal to do good for the church. Despite the good done by his pastoral letters, let no one forget that this same Abbe Dupanloup was the same man who was the leader of liberal Catholicism which Pius IX had to repeatedly condemn throughout his whole reign. That school which was far worse than Jansenism ever was, and which has given to the foes of the Catholic Church all of the weapons they have been using against the Ultramontanes. He wished what the Vicar of Christ condemned and opposed what the Vicar of Christ had to do in his capacity as Pope. Those of the clergy and laity who doubt the correctness of McMaster's impressions will see, in time, that the views of Rome coincide with those of McMaster, providing Rome ever sees fit to make a pronunciation on his character. In regards to the respect due to a preist or member of the Episcopal Order, the Church has never failed to condemn an heretic or schismatic, despite his station in life. Neither will the Church ever rebuke any of his faithful children for exposing a priest or Bishop for any error, machination, or intrigue which retards the progress of God's kingdom on earth, and the salvation of souls. Audran gives McMaster permission to publish the letter if he wishes and compliments him on the steady Catholic tone of the Freeman's Journal. By continuing such standards McMaster is an acknowledged help to the progress of the Church in the United States. He has been unable to write sooner because of the duties connected with his mission and because of the financial distress of the times. P.S. Bishop Silas Chatard is well liked by everybody. The clergy feel proud of him and expect the best from his administration.

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

1878 Oct. 23
Egan, Maurice F.: New York, (New York)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

He received the biographical sketch of Father (Louis) de Seille as written by Hudson. Egan feels that this interesting article is just what the (Illustrated) Weekly needs, and for this reason he is very grateful to Hudson for sending it. He encloses a sonnet, "The Lesson of the Season," for the Ave Maria, Because of his great admiration for the Ave Maria, Egan was very happy to learn that this popular magazine would be enlarged. He extends his regards to Prof. Edwards.

X-2-d - A.L.S. - 1 p. - 8vo - {2}

1878 Oct. 23
(Panneau), Cecilia: Paris-Auteuil, (France)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Cecilia, whose heart has been saddened by the sudden departure of Father (Joseph) Anstaett, found comfort in (Perché's) letter. In the belief that he is interpreting (Perché's) orders and desires, Anstaett is returning to his post although several weeks more of rest would be good for him. (Perché) says nothing about the permission which she requested on the matter of returning to Louisiana. Her letter was begun several days ago but she has suffered so much since that she has not had the courage to continue it. In the interval she has been Father (Hyacinthe Claude) Mignot and Father Leneuf who, like her, have deeply afflicted by an unfortunate incident which is becoming scandalous. A girl whom Cecilia has had since April told her how often she had been robbed by her comrades, and Cecilia advised her not to keep more money on hand than she needed. She told the girl she could give her some of Perché's obligations. Cecilia sold her 3 obligations for the first loan. The girl has now made the most outrageous remarks. It appears that the laicists of Louisiana are trying to discredit the two loans of the diocese (New Orleans), crying to all who will listen that Father (Joseph Marie) Millet being dead there can no longer be any confidence. Mignot tells her that from all sides people wish to surrender their bonds. Cecilia has threatened to sue for defamation and the wild fanatic in question replied that she would take it upon herself to prejudice the police. Cecilia has taken in a young Protestant who has performed some small services for her, and she, at his request, has instructed him. He is preparing for his abjuration on the eve of All Saints. He even wishes to become a religious and as soon as Father Roussel's novitiate is organized, he will enter it. She is going to give him Perché's name along with that of Bishop Vital and of Pius IX; he will be called Marie Joseph Pius Vital and Gustave, his actual name.

VI-3-a - A.L.S. - (French) - 8pp. - 12mo. - {7}

1878 Oct. 25
Duggan, John B.: Vicksburg, (Mississippi)
 to James A(lphonsus) McMaster: N(ew) York, (New York)

Bishop W(illia)m H. Elder, (Natchez, Mississippi) has asked Duggan to thank McMaster for his contribution of $125. The fever has decreased in the territory and seems to be decreasing daily yet there are many sick who imprudently returned after the first frost. The demands of the Bishop are very frequent and since the Howards seem to be winding up their affairs there, the Bishop's burden will not lighten. The misery which will follow the present scourge will last into the coming year but the charity of their brethren, which has sustained the territory so long, will not fail. P.S. Bishop W(illia)m H. Elder, writing for himself informs McMaster of the death of Father Jo(h)n B. Mouton of Yazoo City, (Miss.) on the previous Tuesday. Two Sisters of Nazareth have died there recently and a third is dangerously ill while the others are sick. According to the present indications of the weather, Elder believes the epidemic will soon be over.

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

(1878) Oct. 25
Taylor, S(iste)r Magdalene: (London, England)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She sends a story for the Children's section of the Ave Maria and promises to send several more, some of which are entirely the result of her own efforts and two or three taken from an old book, only being revised and introduced into a Catholic setting by her. She leaves it to Hudson to decide whether the series should be published under her name since it is not wholly her work. Payment for these articles would be appreciated. She thanks Hudson for the reprint of "Behold thy Mother".

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

1878 Oct. 26
Frances, Dr. P.P.: Carencro, (Louisiana)
 to Archbishop (Napoleon Joseph Perché: New Orleans, Louisiana)

Hoping for better times in order to settle his accounts with the much regretted Father Guillot, he abstained from presenting his bill. Also Guillot's disinterested zeal for the construction of the Church of St. Peter commanded patience. Death has taken Guillot whose personal possessions are insufficient to cover his debts. He saw Guillot at least twice a week and Guillot's servants also had need of his services. Death has taken from him a child whom he has buried in St. Peter's cemetery. He wonders if Perché would consent to his having the small piece of land in payment of the debt. $100 is cheap for medical services for more than sixty weeks. He has not spoken to Father (John F.) Suriray about this because all his disputes have had their solution from (Perché).

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

1878 Oct. 26
Ignatius, Sister M.:
St. Mary's Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah
 to J(ames F.) Edwards: Notre Dame, Indiana

She has taken the first moment to forwards the crude work she has been able to produce. She thought of closing her article with the pieces she wrote at the time of the death of Father (Augustus) Lemonnier (C.S.C.). She will go to Communion for Father Lemonnier on the anniversary of his death if they have Mass. Edwards is free to change anything she has written. She could not put in anything about herself and Frankie without egotism. She asks about Judge Joullar; they heard that he was at the point of death and that Sister Lucretia had gone to be with him.

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

1878 Oct. 28
Baker, Sadie L.: Oswego, Illinois
 to Father D(aniel) E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She thanks Hudson for his letter and its enclosure of October 24th. Wondering what happened to "The Farther Shore" because of the long delay in having it published after its acceptance last May and surmising that it may have been lost she offers to send another manuscript of it to the Ave Maria.

x-2-d - A.L.S. - 1p.royal - - 8 vo - {1}

1878 Oct. 30
Ignatia, Sister Mary:
St. Mary's Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah
 to J(ames F.) Edwards: Notre Dame, Indiana

She asks Edwards for the address of Prof. Pepper, the scientific character who lectured at Notre Dame some two or three years ago. Perhaps she owes an apology for the hasty letter to Mother Ascension, but she was unwilling to have Father Lemonnier's anniversary pass with her duty unfulfilled. In Utah the spiritual aspect is as hard as the material. The natural outgrowth of the educational system of Robert Dale Owen and Fanny Wright has presented its poisonous fruit—the utter blotting out of the Christian sense. Yesterday, Father (Denis) Keily said Mass for Father Lemonnier. P. S. Mother Charles asks for the names of any boys or their relatives in this territory who have been, or are at Notre Dame. They have quite a flourishing school for boys.

XI-1-b - A.L.S. - 4pp. - 12mo. - {6}