University of Notre Dame


1914 Apr. 7
Burton, C(larence) M(onroe): Detroit, Mich(igan)
 to Father Paul J. Foik, (C.S.C., Librarian): Notre Dame, Indiana

Burton was greatly pleased to get Foik's letter of April 1 on Bishop Frederick Rese. Burton has collected materials about him for many years. He thinks the mystery of the Bishop's life is unravelling. The men who knew all about it are gone. There is no doubt in his mind that Rese was greatly liked in Detroit, and not only by Catholics. He succeeded Father Gabriel Richard and there was a faction led by Joseph Campau and John R. Williams who disliked him and hurt him in his church work. His advanced ideas were appreciated by the better educated men, not Catholics, such as Solomon Sibley, Charles C. Trowbridge, and William Woodbridge. He was not long enough in Detroit to be acquainted with the non-Catholic leaders but was appreciated by such men as James A. VanDyke, the Protestant father of Father Ernest VanDyke. Rese came at the proper time for changing the trusteeship. The church of Saint Anne was incorporated April 12, 1807 with the consent and approval of Richard. The articles provided for a curè and four trustees. Richard had trouble because he was incapable of handling temporal affairs. He was a student better prepared for a professorship of mathematics. When the congregation decided to divide into two churches they did not entrust the new land, the Malcher Farm, to his hands in 1808. They chose instead, 5 trustees and he was not one. He died in 1832. Rese came afterwards and the property was turned over to him. The Malcher Farm was conveyed in trust to Rese. The interior triangle of Saint Anne was leased to Rese for 999 years. This lease is dated May 1, 1834. Rese asked the Poor Clares to establish a school and obtained the assistance of Archduchess Sophia to decorate the Church. In 1837 Rese returned from Europe with his sister Lady Antoinette Von Hoeffern. He asked the Poor Clares to accept her; they refused but the Bishop insisted. They complained to the Third Provincial Council of Baltimore. Bishop Rese was not invited to attend the council. He attempted to resign and went to Rome. Burton says he was not demented at that time. Testimony shows that he was perfectly sane in 1837, and he did not go to Rome until 2 years after his attempted resignation. In 1839 he went to Rome. In 1840 Bishop (Joseph) Rosati saw him in Rome. Father Francis Vincent Badin in Orleans in 1846 stated that he had searched for Rese and could not find him. In 1848 a complaint was made to the Secretary of State of the United States that Rese was an American citizen and was confined in prison. At that time Rese was taken to Hildesheim. He probably was demented at that time. He died Dec. 27, 1871, and not on Jan. 2, 1872. Some of these facts Burton obtained from conversation and some he has evolved himself but he has never before set them on paper. (Photostat copy of letter added).

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1914 Apr. 12
Veronica, Sister M(ary): (New York, New York)
 to Father (John Talbot) Smith: (Dobbs Ferry, New York)

Sister sends her greetings for Easter. Their school closed April 8 and will reopen April 15. Sister M. Mary is certainly a wonderful lady. Sister Veronica is professed five years today. She has tried so hard to be what a true Sister of Mercy means.

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1914 Apr. 14
Richards, Jarrett T.: Santa Barbara, Cal(ifornia)
 to Father Daniel E. Hudson, C.S.C.: Notre Dame, Ind(iana)

Richards thanks Hudson for the "Romance on El Camino Real" in the April issue. Richards wrote the book in fragments of time filched from his professional work. Many of the incidents are true in it.

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1914 Apr. 14
Tiernan, F(rances) C(hristine Fisher): Salisbury, N(orth) C(arolina)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Tiernan is glad Hudson liked the story and is sorry for the awkward length. Could Hudson instead of the check for $40 on account send her one for the full payment of the story? She has immediate need of the money. She thanks him for the charming letter of the Chinaman. She will read the letter at her Reading Circle. She is enjoying the letters of John Ayscough.

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1914 Apr. 28
Martindale, S.J., Father C(yril) C.: Blackburn, (England)
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Martindale thanks Hudsonffor the notice in the Ave Maria of his "O(ld) T(estament) Stories". The "N(ew) T(estament)" stories will, he hopes, be out this summer. Hudson's reviewer of "God's Nursery" seemed a little puzzled by the fact that Catholic doctrine was not exposed in it in a more explicit way. Longmans will soon publish another book, "The Waters of Twilight", in which a reviewer might find the same subject for criticism.

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1914 Apr. 29
(Hsieh), F(rancis) X(avier) Jefferson: (Wei Hai Wei, China)
 to Father D(aniel) E. Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

His name Jefferson refers to the place of his birth. Mr. Lee is touched by Hudson's kindness, and he will remember Hudson to Anthony Chang. He has succeeded in getting several young Catholics to become his regular correspondents. George Roberts, whose daughter has become a nun, is an Anglican and a well-wisher of Father (Wilfrid) Hallam. Jefferson is using the Ave Maria to catechise. Father Hughes' article so edified him that he had the initials of it tattooed on his wrist. The overthrow of Confucianism as a state religion is not a complete triumph. He asks Hudson's blessing for his wife, children and himself. His mother-in-law died on Apr. 6. She had been under instruction before she fell ill. He wishes he could spend the rest of his days as a catechist.

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1914 Apr. 30
Fraser, Mary C(rawford): Sorrento, Italy
 to Father (Daniel E.) Hudson, (C.S.C.): (Notre Dame, Indiana)

Fraser is waiting for a copy of "A Rift in the Rockies" and will send it on to Hudson as soon as it comes from London. She hopes he will like it. She is dreadfully pressed for money. The six month's illness of her daughter-in-law has drained her reserves. She misses her brother Marion so much.

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