University of Notre Dame


(18)95 Jul. 2
Pleasants, J. Hall, Jr.:
 to (Monsignor Robert Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

He has been away or he would have replied to (Seton)'s note before. He encloses (no enclosure) the clipping from the Baltimore American in regard to the Curzon family. He understands (Seton)'s feelings in the matter of family descent and the desirability of keeping questions of the kind in the dark as far as the public is concerned. If Pleasants sees any way of clearing up the matter in a quiet way he will endeavor to do so. He is convinced that nothing can be done on this side of the Atlantic. He was surprised to learn that Burke throws any light on the matter. Pleasants hopes to be in England next summer and will try to learn something of Richard C(urzon) of Richmond. He feels that if his father's name were determined (?), the riddle would be solved.

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1895 Jul. 8
Brandi, S.J., Father S(alvatore) M.: Rome, (Italy)
 to Archbishop (Michael Augustine Corrigan: New York, New York)

Brandi acknowledges (Corrigan)'s letters of June 15 and 25. Dr. (Denis) O'Connell's resignation has surprised no one. It was given "spinte" and not "sponte" at the demand of the Holy Father to whom complaints had been made by the Cardinals at the Propaganda. The principal complaints were neglect of duty by frequent and long absences; second, want of confidence in the Rector by the majority of bishops. Besides this Brandi believes the Holy Father was displeased with O'Connell's relations with Miss McTavish. She was received by the Holy Father and the next day was received at the Quirinal. She was poorly advised and has since been boycotted by the black aristocracy of Rome. The archbishops have expressed the hope that those on the new terna for rector would be only those in which the Holy See had full confidence and not dominated by any clique. Regarding alumno (Father Edward McGlynn), (Corrigan)'s instructions have been followed. Rome will do nothing in his favor without an understanding with his Ordinary, through Propaganda. (Cardinal James Gibbons) returns to America with some new ideas about the affairs in Rome. (Corrigan) will learn more about this from Bishop (Charles E.) McDonnell. Dr. (Herman) Heuser writes that he will go to New York after resting in Philadelphia. He also knows something about the wind that is blowing.

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 (Photostat from the Archdiocesan Archives of New York) 

1895 July 8
(F, Sister M.):
 to (James F. Edwards: Notre Dame, Indiana)

She was not surprised to hear that Edwards had gone to Europe. Sister Sophia is gone to St. Mary's so she had the pleasure of opening Edwards' letter herself. God help the community that is ruled by the likes of them. She lives in the memory of the past. She always thought more of Edwards than any one at Notre Dame. She hopes George Rhodius is doing better. If she is kept there, she thinks she will run away. No one but God knows what she put up with the past year. She has worked night and day and only three to do the work.

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1895 Jul. 9
Sims, Clifford Stanley: Mount Holly, New Jersey
 to Monsignor Robert Seton: (Jersey City, New Jersey)

A letter from Seton dated April 4 to Howland Pell regarding the consent of the Society of Colonial Wars of New Jersey to Seton's proposed admission to the New York Society has been referred to Sims. The opinion expressed at the meeting of the council on July 6 was unfavorable for the reason it was thought not advisable to deprive this society of one so widely known and respected as Seton is. The wish is to have the privilege and honor of Seton's membership but if he feels that he prefers joining the New York Society no obstacle will be placed in his way. (Officers of the New Jersey Society are listed on the letterhead).

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1895 July 11
Spencer, Otis B.: Denver, Col(orado)
 to James F. Edwards: Notre Dame, Indiana

He noticed Edwards' name among the faculty at Notre Dame, one of the few familar ones. It does him good to be reminded of old friends. Notre Dame is always fresh in his memory. He is now Surveyor of the Port for this district and is now a zealous Catholic.

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1895 July 12
Schmidt, E. M.: Bad. Nanheim, (Germany)
 to (James F.) Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

They were happy to hear of Edwards' sage arrival. They will be in Paris the latter part of August and would be delighted to meet Edwards there. They sail for America in September.

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1895 July 12
Tenney, Jessalin R. B.: Elizabeth, N(ew J(ersey)
 to (James F.) Edwards: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

She calls his attention to the postponement of the enclosed and asks his assistance towards the alleviation of the urgency of the case. (Enclsure is a printed notice advertising a public drawing of a portrait of Orestes A. Brownson by the artist Healy. Straitened circumstances force the grandchildren to dispose of the portrait.

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(18)95 Jul. 16
Sands, Louis Joseph: Ridgefield, Conn(ecticut)
 to (Monsignor) Robert (Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

It is some time since Sands has heard from (Seton). The duties which as a married man Sands is subject to cuts off a great many duties which the premarital condition had entailed. (Seton) will before long receive a trifling ornament brought from Milan for his writing table. Sands wishes they could have (Seton) up for a few days but cannot as they are preparing for the future heir or heiress. Sands is exceedingly busy with some business affairs.

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1895 July 18
Fitte, C.S.C., Father S(tanislaus): Notre Dame, Ind(iana)
 to J(ames) F. Edwards:

Father James Hogan was drowned in Lake Geneva with his brother, sister, and sister-in-law. He knows none in Paris related to Bishop Dupanloup. Sister Cherubim, (C.S.C.) who intended to go to Bengal has changed her mind. He may send a list of philosophical works which he would like Edwards to get him. Maurice Francis Egan is most likely to go to the Catholic University. (P.S.) Father Hudson was delighted on hearing Cardinal Vaughn's thought of the "Ave Maria".

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1895 July 18
Quigley, P. F.: Toledo, O(hio)
 to (James F.) Edwards: Notre Dame, Ind(iana)

Edwards was kind enough to subscribe six copies of his book on Compulsory Education. The books were forwarded last December. He would be much obliged if Edwards would remit.

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(18)95 Jul. 18
Seton, W(illiam): Southampton, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Monsignor) Robert (Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

W(illiam) has Robert's long letter of Tuesday. W(illiam) will mail the "Forum." Of course Robert is thoroughly American, but they know many of "Our People" will really be benefited by reading this number. Willie (Seton) also wrote and W(illiam) must send $5 for the Old Mt. Church where they went as boys. Willie and John (Foster Seton) may disappoint them, but their heredity is against them: they have not harked back to the proper ancestors. Harry (Seton) comes in September on recruiting service for two years. He hopes to be stationed east of the Alleghanies. Mrs. Parrish gains strength, but she is past 80. Tom Lee is expected today. Mrs. O'Shea comes on Monday. He has a letter from ever cheerful Liz(Elizabeth Seton). Ferdy (Ferdinand Talbot Roscoe Jevons) enjoyed his visit to Huntington. He is an uncommonly fine boy. How Isabel(le Seton Jevons) is blessed in her offspring through Tom.

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1895 Jul 19
Conway, K(atherine) E.: Boston, Mass(achusetts)
 to W(illia)m J. Onahan: (Chicago, Illinois)

She gives the address of Rev. Dr. Loughlin, President of the Catholic Summer School: Plattsburg, N(ew) Y(ork).

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(18)95 Jul. 20
Seton, W(illiam): Southampton, N(ew) Y(ork)
 to (Monsignor) Robert (Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

Robert's note of yesterday arrived. Jimmy is very glad Robert likes his book. Jimmy drove W(illiam) in his dog-cart to Shinnecock for they are still at Mrs. Parrish's. They return to Shinnecock this evening. Mrs. Hoyt, who lives in the Windmill House Robert examined, saw him and wishes he had come in. She is a daughter of the late Samuel (Salmon?) P(ortland) Chase and often comes to Mrs. Parrish's. What Robert finds fault with in Willie (Seton) and John Foster (Seton) comes not from General (John Gray) Foster, but through the Moal(e)s of Baltimore. Nor does it come from the Seton side. They hope to see Robert before they sail August 3. It is most inconvenient for Robert to come down to the "Bourgogne"; would it not be pleasanter to lunch or dine with them on the 2nd?

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1895 Jul. 21
O'Malley, Austin: Washington, D(istrict of) C(olumbia)
 to Father (Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

O'Malley sends an article which he would like to have printed for private circulation among the clergy. He may at some time be able to put together a series of articles on physico-theological subjects. The physical information used by moral theologians is usually dangerous rot. O'Malley wishes he were established at some university at a living salary.

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1895 Jul. 21
Schmitt, Father Edm(ond) J.P.: Weltes, Indiana
 to Monsignor (Robert) Seton: (Jersey City, New Jersey)

Enclosed Seton will find two relics of Bishop (Simon Gabriel) Brute: (A small envelope marked) "Memorial of Anna (Maria) Seton d(ied) March 12,1812 at St. Joseph's Emmitsburg, Md. and of her sister Rebecca Seton". (Monsignor Seton has added on the envelope): "Open carefully as the beautiful hair of Anna Seton is loose and much has been lost. Bishop (Francis Silas) Chatard has asked Schmitt to send them to Seton, requesting Seton to present them to Schmitt on Seton's demise. As Schmitt is making extensive researches preparatory to writing the life and times of Brute, he came across the two little pictures. Schmitt seconds Chatard's request with regard to the pictures.

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1895 Jul. 23
Jevons, Ferdinand T(albot) Roscoe: New York, (New York)
 to (Monsignor) Robert (Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

Jevons has just received a note from Aunt Elise (Elizabeth Seton) who goes with Cousin Nina Prime to Bar Harbor for a short time. Uncle Harry (Seton) is coming east for two years as recruiting officer and is trying to get Boston as his post. Ferdinand addressed and mailed Robert's letter to (Thomas) Seton (Jevons) who with their father (Thomas Jevons) and Marguerite (Jevons) start soon for Switzerland. His permanent address is care of Rathbone Brothers, London. Cousin Emily Delafield writes from the Thousands Islands that they caught a fish weighing 41 pounds. Rex (Reginald Jevons) ought to have a good time with them; he is now at Cazenovia with the Barclays.

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1895 Jul. 26
O'Malley, Austin: Washington, D(istrict of) C(olumbia)
 to Father (Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

In the last number of the Ave Maria Nugent Robinson comments on the officers of Maxmillian's household. Among them was Dr. S. von Bosch who is now professor of experimental physiology in the University of Vienna. O'Malley saw in the newspapers that they were to lose (Maurice Francis) Egan. He would like the work Hudson proposes but the step is serious. The salary is a consideration. If the Catholic University opened a medical school, O'Malley wouldn't work under the present rector, Bishop (John Joseph) Keane. The Georgetown Medical School is absurd. If he can make a living at Notre Dame which will insure a better class of tobacco then he will probably accept Hudson's proposal.

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(18)95 Jul. 26
Quinn, S. J., H. J.: Tarancon, Spain
 to Father (Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

On April 24, Quinn reached Genoa, having been ordered to Europe to finish his studies. Superiors have allowed him to follow the usual course to be ordained at the usual age on account of the wants of their college in India. He is thankful for his twelve years' work in the missions. Quinn sends a legend for the Ave Maria.

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1895 Jul. 26
Weld, Father F(rancis): Isleworth, England
 to Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.: (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Benziger Brothers of New York have undertaken the sale of his book. Weld will be grateful if Hudson can help its circulation.

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1895 July 28
C(herubim, C.S.C.) Sister M.: Austin, Texas
 to J(ames) F. Edwards:

The results of the election are: M. Annunciata, Mother General; M. Perpetua, Mother Superior; M. Pauline, Directress of Academy; M. Sabina, Stewardess; M. Sienna, Mistress Novices. Poor Mother Ascension has been the object of much unkindness on the part of the Sisters. At St. Mary's Academy in Austin, they are under the gentle sway of Sister Florentine, as ever a true gentlewoman. Rumor has it that C(herubim) wrote an apology to M. Augusta but it is a lie. She is not sorry for what she did for Father General and Notre Dame even if it cost her life. She believes poor Mother Ascension is making her purgatory in this world.

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1895 Jul. 30
E(dwards), J(ames) F.: Copenhagen, (Denmark)
 to Monsignor (Robert Seton: Jersey City, New Jersey)

How much E(dwards) wishes (Seton) had been with him during his stay in England and on the trip to the North Cape. He accompanied a pilgrimage to Canterbury. He also visited Rochester Cathedral, Durham, York, and New Castle. In Norway he found devoted priests reconquering lost fields. At Hammerfest he attended Confirmation given by Bishop Fallize, Vicar Apostolic of Norway, a brother of Father (Michael) Fallize, (C.S.C.) who was at Notre Dame for many years but now a missionary to Bengal. Near Tromso E(dwards) met Bishop (Joseph) Koppes of Luxembourg who had a brother at (?) N(otre?) D(ame?). Two of his sisters are still there. At Christiania E(dwards) found a Father Wang(?) and a Father Dun, the former a Norwegian, the latter a seaman brought up in America. E(dwards) found an old crucifix taken from a church of the 11th century and the first mitre used in Norway since the Reformation. Today he met the Bishop of Denmark who is preparing to send priests to Iceland and Greenland. Ed(wards) is looking forward to seeing (Seton) on his return. He expects to go to Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, etc.

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1895 Jul. 30
Spalding, Bishop J(ohn) L(ancaster): peoria, Ill(inois)
 to Father> (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Spalding is glad to hear from Father (Andrew) Morrissey, (C.S.C.) that he is to have a visit from them both.

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1895 July 31
Conrardy, Father L. L.: Kalawao, Molokai, H(awaiian) I(slands)
 to Henry F. Brownson: Detroit, Mich(igan)

Father Conrardy was glad to receive Brownson's letter of May 29th. Because real, living faith is lacking or is very weak in many souls, he would like to have three books placed in the hands of all who are able to understand — the Bible, especially the New Testament, with commentary, the works of (Orestes A. Brownson), and the works of (John Henry Cardinal) Newman. These, with occasionally some other works, are to be in daily use. Young men and women in Catholic colleges and academies should be exposed to these books if there is to be a generation of true Christians. Now, instea of faith, there is sentimentalism, and brothers and sisters in their novitiates are not allowed to have the New Testament occupy the place it should. The evil is caused by the weakening of the faith in the old days and by sentimentalism in the present day. He is trying to build a strong faith in the hearts of the Hawaiian lepers by making them read the New Testament. Since the Catholic Mission has no translation of the New Testament, he has to use the Calvinist translation. It would be easy for the priests of the Mission to do a correct translation, but they fear to, because they are French and German. He regrets that there exists no Review like Brownson's father's, who, like Newman, was predestined by God to fulfill well his mission. The climate of Hawaii is uniform and on account of this the people have no energy; and many flowers and vegetables and fruits will not grow out of the temperate zone and in the great winds. The Hawaiians are a very poor race of people, less noble than the American Indians. They have no will, are much degraded, and in the past morality was unknown; a man visiting a friend was provided with a temporary wife in the person of his friend's wife or daughter — a common practice all over the Islands. To keep the race from disappearing, the old chiefs punished with death any male who cohabited with a girl before her puberty, but generally some chief would have her first. The Hawaiians are men in appearance, but their souls seem to be of an inferior grade. They know what is right and wrong, but few will be guided by what is right. The Christian spirit has not penetrated very deep in most of them, and sermons must employ very strongcomparisons for them to understand, even the lepers. They care nothing for the words of the priests, unless the Board of Health shows its disapproval. Some time ago Father Conrardy wrote to the President of the Board of Health begging him to do something about the morals of the lepers, but he advised him to attend to his clerical duties, which are the only reasons for his remaining at the settlement. The Board President is attorney-general of the Republic and the son of a missionary; and Calvinists to this day dislike Catholics and, if they could, would refuse to permit priests to live in the settlement, though they are now three miles apart. It takes a great amount of patience to do a little good among the Hawaiian lepers. Luckily, Father Conrardy made a long novitiate among the Hindus in India and the redskins in South America; and among these people he finds the writings of St. Paul especially applicable. His greatest Cross is to see them so carnal; but he gives them the word of God in Church every day and in his visitations, trying like Christ to be prucent like the serpent and simple a dove. However, the results are small. Poor Father Damien (De Veuster) lived and died for them, but here hardly one cares for him. Even when he died, most of the lepers, although able-bodied, did not attend his funeral. Outside people have no idea how things and people are here: materially speaking, the lepers are not bad; the disease itself is not what it is represented, for there is no suffering among them since leprosy deadens the pain. Of moral suffering there is none. Providing the Hawaiians have something to eat and can sleep, like children, they are satisfied; they would rather be lepers and have plenty to eat than to be healthy and hungry and have to work. They are children, all of them; instruction does not change them; there is nothing noble about them. What is grand and sublime and noble for us is nothing to them; and what is despicably low and animal-like for us is everything for the Hawaiians. Physical leprosy is nothing compared to moral and intellectual leprosy. Father Conrardy would rather dress lepers' sores the whole day and if needed apply his lips to their physical sores, if by doing so he could gain every weak one's soul. But their work is an ungrateful one. He asks how much the last 15 volumes of Brownson's Works would cost him and sends his regards to Mrs. Brownson.

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