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(1864) Dec.?

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of
New Orleans, Louisiana)

To Father (Constantine Maenhaut
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Last Friday, the Archbishop's Council had to consider a complaint made by the assistants at the Cathedral. According to their statement, the fee for burials, funeral services, and baptisms is divided between the pastor and the assistants but the latter have no part of the fee from marriages, or solemn or votive sung Masses. This arrangement does not seem just to them. (Maenhaut) is to inform (Odin) in virtue of what episcopal order the pastor of the Cathedral reserves for himself the fees for marriages and sung Masses (Performed) by the assistants.

VI-2-h A. Draft (French) 1p. 12mo.
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(1864 Dec?)

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of
New Orleans, Louisiana)

When Father J. Coste performed a marriage and gave the money to Father (Constantine) Maenhaut, the latter offered half the sum to Coste who refused it saying that this was a pastoral fee.

VI-2-h A. Note (French) 1p. 32mo.
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1864 (Dec.)

Rouxel, Father G(usta)ve
Vermillonville, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

Rouxel has had charge of this parish since October 2. He thinks Odin has received Father (Gilbert) Raymond's letter explaining why he was so late in arriving at his post. Rouxel did not know of his appointment until Father Chalon's letter was brought by Father (René) Vallée on his return. Father (Anthony) de Chaignon, (S.J.) came to install him the Sunday after. The people received him with great joy. He found the four walls very bare; today through the generosity of several persons and credit extended by others, he is quite well set up. Odin is to tell Father (E.J.) Foltier that Rouxel bought from the Fathers at Grand Coteau, Foltier's library and also several things for sale at the home of one of the inhabitants. The sum amounts to 180 or 200 piastres. Rouxel has found a good sacristan, a Frenchman, about 53, Mr. Bonnemaison, who served as a sacristan at Royville. Rouxel goes every week to Royville; there is much faith there but also much ignorance. The chapel is in a deplorable state. At Lafayette the church is no longer solid; water comes in everywhere. He is now preparing the children for First Communion. He is alone now; he no longer has the example of the Fathers Raymond; he is young to have a parish like this.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 3pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 1

Patrizi, C(onstantine), Cardinal Prefect
Rome, (Papal States)

To Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell)
of Cincinnati, Ohio

In reply to Purcell's letter asking for certain privileges for the nuns of the Blessed Virgin at Cincinnati, the sacred Congregation of Rites regards as incongruous the request that the nuns be permitted to substitute a profound bow for the genuflection before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. As to the permission to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction on certain feasts that power is reserved to the ordinary of the diocese if in a public church, otherwise the Sacred Congregation wants to know if these refer to a chapel within. Signed by D. Bartolini, secretary.

II-5-b L.S. (Latin) 2pp. 8vo.
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1864 Dec 2

D'Arcy, Father L(ouis) F.
Napoleon, (Ohio)

to Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell)
of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

It is with pleasure that he announces that the mission of Napoleon is on the road to success. The people show a good disposition. In order to change their political ideas, which has been the cause of much evil, he has engaged two of the most influential men to take the Catholic Telegraph. He hopes that after the mission all will be better Christians and better citizens.

II-5-b A.L.S. (French) 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 3

Brice, Mayor J.W.
Newark, Ohio

to Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, Ohio

Having learned with satisfaction that the erecting of an Orphan Asylum and Hospital in Newark is in contemplation by Father L(ouis) Cartuyvels, the Mayor and the City Council ask that the Sisters of Charity be permitted to control the institutions. They pledge their moral and physical energies to the promotion of its success.

II-5-b A.L.S. 1p. 4to.
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1864 Dec 5

Alizeri, C.M., Father J(oseph)
Cape Girardeau, M(iss)o(uri)

To Archbishop John (Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Odin's letter of November 16 reached Alizeri day before yesterday. The kept (P.?) Kelly at the Cape quite a long time because it was very difficult to decide whether he had enough talent for the priesthood. His piety and zeal made it a very delicate question. Some time ago, Alizeri had to replace Father (John?) MacGill and he did what he could to settle the question; the letter he sent Odin five months ago is proof of that. It is not the priests at the Cape who made Kelly return to Missouri but those of New Orleans. His return to the seminary after being dismissed from the Barrens seems to prove that they wanted to try him for a long time. He has just spoken to Father (F.) Guedry, (C.M.) about (Patrick) Allen, (Benjamin) Demers and Kelly; Guedry is going to write to explain the difficulty. Allen and Demers will come to New Orleans at the time appointed. However, Alizeri is afraid they may not be advanced enough for philosophy at Bouligny and it is almost always advantageous for a student not to leave his professor for another in the same class. The number of students this year is small because of the war; they would regret their departure.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 3pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 5

Guedry, C.M., Father F.
Cape Girardeau, (Missouri)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He was surprised that there was any misunderstanding about the bill he sent some time ago. Sending the bill through Father (T.?) Smith, he gave him the necessary explanation and enclosed a prospectus. Guedry wished the money to be used for paying (James) Nash of Texas who was to be in New Orleans. The pension is $100 in gold or the equivalent in currency. The pension for (Benjamin) Demers and (Patrick) Allen is $50 in gold for each, for the session commencing September 1, 1864 to February 1, 1865. At present $100 in gold is worth $225 in currency. The $55.40 of sundries for Mr. Kelly are in currency. Guedry will write to Father (John) Hayden to receive this money to pay Nash.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 3pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 5

Herbin, Jeanne Marie
Lyons, (France)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

(She addresses Odin as) Dear Cousin. About 4 months ago, counting on Father (Anthony) Durier's departure, Herbin got ready some shirts and flannels. Her cousins from Hauteville commissioned her to buy some scarves(?) which the niece at L'Espinasse is sending through Cecile. But Durier left ahead of time, so Herbin went to the seminary where the concierge promised to let her know of the first opportunity. The first was Father (Peter) Berthet, but he was going to Texas. This morning Father (Charles) Padey came to tell her that some priests were leaving for New York. Miss Fanny, who lives with Herbin, added some flannels and asked for prayers as did another young girl also apprenticed here. Herbin spend several days at Hauteville in September. She took Cecile with her; Herbin has had her for 12 years; she is truly well instructed for her age. The good Sisters at Ambierle give her special attention. Jean Claude came to get her. They took cousin Josephine to L'Espinasse; Philippe was there; they recalled the days (Odin) spent with them. Jean Claude has a little boy who has to be raised on cow's milk like Cecile. They have been very anxious many times about (Odin) but Padey came to Ambierle to reassure them. Business has been good this year; she has renewed her lease. There is always a room ready for (Odin) and right near St. Peter's Church. Phillipe is well; the Perichon family also. Miss Labourez has dropsy. Not long ago Herbin saw her cousin Frobert Bertaud; she is suffering but always gay; her oldest daughter has a lung disease; the other is well.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 4pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 5

McCloskey, Father Geo(rge)
(New York, New York)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

There is a project on foot to purchase an annuity for (Orestes A.) Brownson. The committee in charge is composed of Fathers (Jerimiah W.) Cummings, (Isaac T.) Hecker, (Thomas) Farrell, (Sylvester) Malone ,(Thomas) McLaughlin, and McCloskey himself. Each of the committee gave $100, the Archbishops of Baltimore and New York gave $200. He lists other donations. Cummings has been assigned to collect from Cincinnati; he asks if someone there will take charge of the matter.

II-5-b A.L.S. 4pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 5

(Rossiter), Sister Josephine
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

To Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell
of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Since she saw Purcell matters have not mended. She has been unhappy since August and feels obliged to ask a dispensation of her vows. When she was in Belgium she made her vows perpetually but Sister Superior said Purcell has full power to dispense from all. She feels she can serve God better in her own home.

II-5-b A.L.S. 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 5

Spalding, M(artin) J(ohn), Archbishop of
Baltimore, (Maryland)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.)
N(ew) Orleans, (Louisiana)

He thanks (Odin) for his letter of November 16. (Odin) is to tell Father (Gabriel) Chalon that he did well to pay over that money. Spalding is glad they received this unexpected help. A Mr. Behan of Norfolk died in England and left by will to "John M. Odin of Galveston" 140 shares in the Shoe and Leather Bank of New York, equal at par to $14,000. The Norfolk courts having been closed by General (Benjamin F.) Butler, they hope to have the will probated in England. The stocks were sold during the war and the funds will probably be payable in gold. (Odin) should inform Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis of Galveston of the estate.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 3pp. 16mo.
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1864 Dec 6

(Martin), Aug(uste) M(ar)ie, Bishop of
Natchitoches, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

The bearer of this letter is Ambroise Taurin. His mother, Miss Lacoste, is a Creole of St. James parish. His Father, Theophile Taurin, is president of the church council and an outstanding Christian. His parents want this young man of 14 to get his education in France and Father (F.) Le Vezouet will take him there in April or May. In the meantime (Martin) asks Odin to place Ambroise with the Marists at Jefferson College. Odin is to take the money for all his expenses from the funds (Martin) has with Father Rousselon. Several days ago (Martin) sent Odin a reply to the questions addressed to the Bishops by the Cardinal Prefect. (Martin's) position there is far from getting better.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 2pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 6

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of
New Orleans, Louisiana)

To Father (Constantine Maenhaut
New Orleans, Louisiana)

In reply to (Maenhaut's) letter of today, he should read the 6th and 7th statutes of the Second Synod of New Orleans and he will see that he is pastor of St. Louis Church as Father (J.B. Jobert) Joubert is pastor of St. Augustine, Father (Hyacinthe) Tumoine is pastor of St. Anne, Father (E.J.) Foltier of St. Vincent de Paul, etc. What is the difference between the pastor and the assistants? The duties and rights are clearly defined in theology and canon law. As for the revenues, (Maenhaut) knows that the salary of the pastor is double that of the assistants. For casual fees of funeral services, each received the portion fixed by the trustees; for the solemn and votive sung Masses, and for marriages, it is a point they wish to establish in a just way and it is on this point that (Odin) asked (Maenhaut) to inform him. He repeats that request.

A. Draft (French) 1p.

The above is written on the following letter:

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1864

Coste, Father J. and Father (Claude Anthony) Tholomier
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Maenhaut does not visit the sick; all the expenses for this service fall on them. They also have the prizes(?) for catechism and the First Communion certificates(?). It would be only just that the 1000 piastres received by Maenhaut be equally divided.

A.D.S. (French) 1p.
VI-2-h A. Draft A.D.S. (French) 2pp. 12mo.
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(1864) Dec 6

Raymond, Father G(ilbert)
(Opelousas, Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, L(ouisian)a

He has arrived from the mission. The Mother says that she has an occasion to write Odin but that her letter must go at once. A few days ago Raymond sent Odin's letters to the pastors of St. Martin and New Iberia. Father (Clement) Rigol(l)et leads a wandering life, doing only evil, especially to himself. Raymond, as well as the Jesuits, wish very much that he would leave there. Raymond has been able to gain the ascendancy over Rigol(l)et everywhere he has been but he must go continually; Rigol(l)et has not dared to say Mass. Odin is to send as soon as possible the two young priests he promised.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 4pp. 32mo.
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1864 Dec 7

Labatut, F.
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

In view of the prolonged absence of Father (Th.) Alleau, the Council considers his engagement broken and asks Odin to appoint a preacher for the Christmas season. The Council hopes that their decision will meet with Odin's approval.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 1p. 8vo.
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1864 Dec 7

McCaffrey, Father John, Mt. St. Mary's College
(Emmitsburg, Maryland)

To Bishop (Francis P. McFarland
of Hartford Providence, Rhode Island)

But for his firm reliance on McFarland's kindness he would not know how to answer McFarland's letter received last night. A Bishop has the right to order and he must obey. But the truth is that to part with Mr. Rogers or Mr. McCabe during the scholastic year is to tumble down the whole edifice. After thinking it over and consulting his colleagues he must try to avert the catastrophe. Both McCabe and Rogers have given good sermons and have been satisfactory and will be even better if left there for the seven months. The late Archbishop (Francis Patrick Kenrick) was mistaken in his action against the seminary. They have had no subjects from the Archdiocese. The present Archbishop (Martin John Spalding) urges them to find some for him. Cincinnati used to rely on them but has withdrawn, and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have withdrawn within the past five years. Some have gone to the Roman College such as Dr. Gardiner of Brooklyn, Michael A. Corrigan and Patrick Hennessy of New York who would have finished with them. Some might be his colleagues as he now needs a successor. It will take time to fill up. They have not in twenty years had such a pious and serious group of boys, chiefly because they have not been in other colleges. But those they have lately received are of no use at the present. He will take Mr. Russell and is glad to get him on McFarland's terms, with pension paid for six months. He hopes that McFarland will understand what he is saying. He goes to Baltimore to get a new set of teeth. He gives the respects of Fathers McCloskey, Mcmurdie, Obermyer and Xaupi.

I-1-b A.L.S. 4pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 7

Padey, Father Ch(arles)
Lyons, (France)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

He has just met a priest going to New York and Padey thought it a good occasion to send a small parcel prepared by (Odin's) sisters and cousin. The priest will carry it to New York and then send it to )Odin) by express. Padey visited Ambierle a month ago; (Odin's) relatives were all well.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 1p. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 8

Ayrault, Walter
Genesee, N(ew) Y(ork)

To (Orestes A.) Brownson
(Elizabeth, N(ew) Jersey)

The two volumes which Brownson loaned to Ayrault have been lost. Ayrault encloses remittance for their value and sends his deepest apologies. Possibly they may be found because the package was plainly marked with Brownson's name and address. Ayrault is sorry to hear that The Review will probably be discontinued for there is no other publication having its boldness and philosophical insight. Ayrault is delighted in the Memoirs of Lacordaire, and also the Apologia of Dr. Newman, in which Kingsley is thoroughly grilled.

I-4-c A.L.S. 3pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 8

Wood, James F(rederick), Bishop of
Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania)

To Bishop (Francis P. McFarland
of Hartford Providence, Rhode Island)

A printed circular containing a letter of apology by Father P.E. Moriarty, (O.S.A.) to the Bishop dated Dec. 5, 1864 in which he apologizes for a lecture of May 23 contrary to Wood's prohibition, and in which he used abusive language about the Archbishop of Dublin and their church dignitaries, and said that the Pope encouraged secret societies. He denied that he had any idea of encouraging the Fenian Brotherhood. He expressed his abhorrence of secret societies. On the same page is a letter from Bishop Wood to Moriarty dated Dec. 5, 1864 accepting the apology. Alongside it is a letter of Moriarty apparently to the public in reparation for his action. Wood in sending the document says it is a private communication, not intended for publication.

I-1-b Printed circular 1p. 4to.
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1864 Dec 8

Alleau, Father (Th.)
St. Brieuc, (France)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.)
New Orleans, Louisiana)

On arriving from Rome, Alleau wanted to tell (Odin) how satisfying his trip was. Pope (Pius IX) whom Alleau had seen five years ago seemed even more simple and affectionate. All the conversation revolved around affairs in America. Above all the pope desires peace. The pope said he had already written to the Archbishops of America but there were some who had not understood him; Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell) of Cincinnati is too much involved in politics and so was Archbishop (John Hughes) of New York. The pope granted a plenary indulgence to those who receive Communion and pray for peace and his blessing to those who contribute to the Christian education of those children whose fathers died in battle. The Cardinal Prefect of Propaganda told Alleau many things he cannot write about certain measures said to have been attempted by a pastor of New Orleans in the name of several of his confreres. His Eminence charged them very severely. Alleau has decided to not go directly to New Orleans but to go on to Mexico. However he will arrive in New Orleans in April. Alleau has not ceased to be devoted to (Odin); he is as disinterested as he was a year ago.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 4pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 8

McCloskey, Father Geo(rge)
(New York, New York)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of (Cincinnati, Ohio)

He writes in behalf of one of Purcell's oldest friends, one who has a name honored in every Catholic Household, William Seton. Seton would like Purcell to aid him in getting his son Harry into the Regular Army. Harry is at present chief aid to General Scammon in Florida. Harry studied in the military school in Austria. His older brother was among the first to volunteer and rose to the rank of Captain when he was seriously wounded. Purcell's recent pastoral has made him the foremost man the church has with the country's rulers. He asks Purcell to suggest names to whom Harry might apply to in Washington.

II-5-b A.L.S. 8pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 9

Barnabo, Al(exander), Cardinal Prefect
Rome, (Italy)

To Archbishop John Mary Odin of
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Barnabo sends Odin the rescript of the audience of November 13 in answer to Odin's petitions. Concerning what the Archbishop off New York, (John McCloskey) and his suffragan recommend concerning the appointee to Albany, he hopes he will not lack the judgment of Odin when he submits the matter to the Sacred Congregation.

VI-2-h L.S. (Latin) 1p. 4to.
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1864 Dec 9

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Father (Constantine Maenhaut
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Before replying to (Maenhaut's) letter of the 7th (Odin) wished to submit it to the Archdiocesan Council. In Maenhaut's letter of November 23 he says that in order to avoid future difficulties he asks (Odin) to make out a tariff in which the rights of the pastor and those of the assistants are clearly stated. In order to do so (Odin) asked Maenhaut to inform him of the practice followed up to now at the Cathedral concerning Masses and marriages. Maenhaut has not deigned to answer. Instead Maenhaut send in his resignation. (Odin) accepts it and asks him to let him know on what day his replacement can take over his function.
(First Draft).

VI-2-h A. Draft (French) 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 9

(Schorlemer), R.G.S., Sister Mary of Ste. Thérèse
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

(The Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd) have hoped from day to day for a visit from (Odin). Has (Odin) written to Angers about the novitiate here? Their Mother, at (Schorlemer's) request, told her to keep them for the present but if it is necessary to send them to St. Louis, there could perhaps be greater difficulties. Several vocations have shown up. Many prelates have asked, either at Angers or Rome, for lesser reasons than here and have always obtained it. If (Schorlemer) deals with it, it would look like she was trying to elude the Provincial. Their convent is a smallpox hospital; it is not wonder that the contagion spreads in such inadequate quarters. As there are so many different opinions about their land, (Schorlemer) asks permission to go to see it. The Mother Provincial of the Holy Cross Convent told her to visit their convent when she goes past.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 4pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 10

Daudet, Father J( )
Amherstburg, (Canada)

To Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere
Detroit, (Michigan)

Daudet recommends Father (Philip) Laurent as a man of piety and energy. Daudet wrote to Rome.

III-2-k A.L.S. (French) 1p. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 10

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of)
N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

To President (F. Labatut) and Members, (St. Louis) Cathed(ral)
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

The letter of the 7th has been received. (Odin) has no objection to the decision of the Council communicated by it. He is confident that a preacher will be found for the Christmas season.
(First Draft)

VI-2-h A.L. (French) 1p. 32mo.
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1864 Dec 11

Harnais, Father M(athurin)
Buras, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

This letter will be brought by Mrs. de Lachomette. Mr. de Lachomette having left for France to see about the education of his son, she is going to remain here with her daughter. They have left three rooms at his disposal. Harnais hopes to turn the dining room into a chapel. An old woman who worked for the Ursulines will bring his meals and do his laundry for $18 a month. Today four Counselors were elected: Felix Rogas, Celestin Bulot, Marcelin Buras, and Francis Eliard. They need the land at the side of that given by Mr. Daker; they would need around $3000 to put up just the exterior and floor of a church. As this church will be the first on the coast it could be dedicated to Our Lady of Good Harbor. If (Odin) does not like this, since the memories of Rennes are always dear, Harnais would like to have it under the patronage of St. Amand, the first bishop (Odin) is to send a copy of the deed of gift which Harnais left with him.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 3pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 11

St. Cyr, H(yacinthe) de
Nice, (France)

To Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, Louisiana

Odin's letter of October 30 came several days ago. He is very happy in his wife and children. He knows that saintly Zoé is interceding for them. The new mother loves the children and is much loved. St. Cyr has been without a word from the interior of Texas or from Ernest (St. Cyr) for two years, about his property, his interests, or his affairs. But he received a letter from Mr. Wegmann, dated October 20, who has established himself at Matamoros and is doing fairly well but not as well as he should because of poor Ernest. Ernest is not capable and spends money foolishly. This makes St. Cyr decide to take over in May and so he probably will be in Matamoros in June with his wife. He will leave his five daughters and two nieces in the convent of the Ladies of Nevers at Cahors and his three sons at Lorèze. He hopes to get something out of Texas in cotton or by exchange of property. He also hopes to bring poor Ernest back to better sense; he errs only because of lack of direction. The consul for New Orleans has been appointed; he is coming from Hong Kong; St. Cyr is asking for that of Matamoros. He asks Odin to give the enclosed letters to Wegmann and Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis. He is still without a reply from Dubuis. Because of the incapacity of his poor nephew, St. Cyr asked Dubuis to take care of his interests through a third person in whom he had confidence.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 2pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 12

(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of
Natchez, (Mississippi)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Odin's two letters of the 18th and 26th ult. have been received. The suggestions Odin sent concerning the Council of Trent ought to be put within the reach of all the clergy. They are a most necessary portion of the knowledge of a missionary in these parts. A part of them were sent by Archbishop (Anthony) Blanc but the letter declaring that the law is not in force where there is no resident priest was unknown to (Elder) before. He has written to the Redemptorists about the missions. He does not know much of the Fenians unless they be near relatives of the Faineants. He asked Bishop (James) Duggan about this and got no answer. The chair and kneeling bench have been received. Has Odin heard from (Philip) Rotchford? If any of Odin's priests should find ladies of religious vocation, (Elder) would be glad to have them turn their attention to the Sisters of Mercy at Vicksburgh. They are an excellent community with a most admirable Mother Superior. Mr. Grant told (Elder) of Odin's kind interest.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 2pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 12

Fourrier, Widow
Paincourtville,(Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Her older boys, the oldest 12 and the other 11 are a bit difficult. Their Father had intended to send them to the Jesuits but all is changed and she cannot. If (Odin) has any influence with the Jesuits and if they could take the two gratis, she would be grateful.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 1p. 4to.
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1864 Dec 12

McDonnell, W(inifred)

Galveston, (Texas)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The receipt for $50 was received with Odin's letter. When she left New Orleans she borrowed $50 from Mr. O'Hanlon and $100 from Father (Gerrit) Shee(h)an. She asks Odin to pay Shee(h)an; she will repay Odin in gold by the first priest going to New Orleans. Their Bishop (Claude Marie Dubuis) came from San Antonio a few days ago. Their trip coming from New Orleans was very hard but the children kept up very well. McDonnell saw Father (Peter) Parisot in Brownsville; he showed them every kindness. Odin is to tell the Sisters that her daughters' bills will be paid at the first opportunity.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 12

R(osecrans), S(ylvester) H., Bishop of Cincinnati
Detroit, (Michigan)

To Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell
of Cin(cinnati, Ohio)

He was received at Detroit with great warmth. He mentions the various engagements he is to have in Detroit. Along the railroad from South Bend, he saw no other vehicles but Sleighs. At South Bend he met Bishop (John H.) Lüers. The steam heating apparatus for the college (University of Notre Dame) cost $8,000; it heats three or four buildings. At the academy it costs $5,000 and heats the whole building with a consumption of only two cords of wood a day. The Profession of Novices was quite an imposing affair. Bishop Lüers celebrated the Mass and Rosecrans preached. Many visitors including Mrs. (Ellen Ewing) Sherman whose youngest child had been buried the day before and Mrs. Judge Harrington, a convert lady from Chicago, were present. Judge Ewing's little daughter Ellen was the most conspicuous figure in the junior department. The Sisters of Holy Cross at Notre Dame are now separated altogether from the other house. They own their own property. If Mother Angela (Gillespie) lives long enough the material accumulated there may yet be of considerable service. The blind asylum and the one for the deaf and dumb are suspended for the present.

II-5-b A.L.S. 3pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 13

Di Maria, S.J., Father F(rancis)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere
(Detroit, Michigan)

There is a clergyman here, Father Francis McInerny, whom Di Maria has known since 1848, and who wishes to come to Detroit Diocese. He is zealous, a good speaker. His only fault has been that now and then he "took too much," but for a long time has kept very well, and Di Maria thinks he will continue to do so.

II-2-k A.L.S. 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 13

Harper, Wm. Francis
Peterborough, (Ontario), Canada

to O(restes) A. Brownson
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)

Harper tenders his sympathy towards Brownson's failure of health, and also his regret that Brownson will have to abandon publication of the Review. He has read the Review for the past twenty years. He would like to have seen continued the articles on Orthodoxy and Unitarianism, as well as subjects on theology and on culture. He wonders whether or not Brownson will contribute writings occasionally. If so, he asks in what publication they would appear.

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1864 Dec 13

L(ynch), J(ohn) J(oseph), Bishop of
Toronto, (Canada)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

He was delighted at seeing Odin's letter. From their first interview at the mission of Black Rock near Dublin in 1845 L(ynch) looked on (Odin) as his angel guardian to bring him on the American mission. (Odin's) kindness during his long sickness at Galveston and New Orleans is frequently before his mind. He commenced his career in Texas and is to end it in Canada. He spent some of his happiest days in Texas. He sends (Odin) his letter to the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland on wholesale emigration; it is a sad document. (Odin) has heard of the burning of the College of Our Lady of Angels of Niagara. He also sends a copy of a letter of Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo to Bishop (Michael) Domenec of Pittsburgh (no enclosure). L(ynch) has lately seen the George Washington monument. No stone has been laid since that was broken which the Pope sent. It is said the base is insecure. It was an ill omen to reject the stone.

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1864 Dec 13

Tasset, Father F(ranci)s
Houma, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (John Mary) Dénecé took over his post at Petit Caillou only last Saturday. Monday he wrote that everything is "all right." The place is difficult but Tasset does not doubt that Dénecé will make himself loved because of his character. He is boarding a mile from the chapel. Tasset would like (Odin) to send him a second one for the chapel at Terrebonne. The people there are the best among his parishioners. A priest there would serve lower Terrebonne up to the Gulf, Point-aux-Chiens, and Ile Félicité. It would be well to have these two chapels in (Odin's) name; Tasset built them at his own expense. Had it not been for the war he would have liked to have two others, one at Bayou du Large and one at Bayou Black and even a fifth at Canal. For a time Tasset was disgusted with Louisiana; he suffered much from an accident which occurred 15 years ago, a rupture (?). Thanks to Father (Paul) Jordan he has found great relief by buying a support(?). Winter is a difficult time for him. Dénecé received his vestments and pyx; if (Odin) delays in sending a priest to Terrebonne, Tasset could let Dénecé use the missal from there. Tasset's family joins in sending respects.

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1864 Dec 16

Follot, Father Francis C.
Plaquemine, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

For a long time the military lines have closed so that even in urgent cases, he has not been able to visit his parishioners. He had a general pass but it was withdrawn, as it was from doctors, etc. Absolutely no one can go out. The doctor at Plaquemine went to General (Stephen) Hurlbut and obtained a pass without difficulty. Follot asks (Odin) to request a pass from Hurlbut. Follot took the oath as a Frenchman. The Major in command here advised Follot to ask the General for the pass.

(P.S.) If there is no safe way to reply (Odin) is to send his letter to Deblieux and Groebel, friends and former parishioners.

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1864 Dec 16

Lévèque, R.S.C., Madame E(velina)
Paris, France)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

She thanks (Odin) for all his kindness to her and to her family, especially the news (Odin) gave her himself. She also asks him to forward the enclosed letter to her family.

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1864 Dec 14

Montalembert, C.F. de T.
La Rochen en Breny, France

to (Orestes A.) Brownson)
Elizabeth, New Jersey

The Count is sorry to hear that the October issue will be the last of the Review, also of the loss of Brownson's two sons. The only human consolation which Montalembert can offer Brownson is many defenders of truth will have to suffer, they have spared no one. "All the glorious named or hopeful names of the present day have been more or less excommunicated like you and me." Count believes Brownson generalizes too much about the Jesuits except what Brownson said in his "Explanations to Catholics," nevertheless the Count sympathizes for Brownson's opinions and doctrines. Brownson is a man and Catholics today are not men. He does not want Brownson to look upon him as a person indifferent to his spiritual or temporal welfare. The Correspondent will be sent as long as Brownson wants it.

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1864 Dec 17

Larnaudie, S.J., Father F(rederick)
Baton Rouge, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

In spite of all the vexations of military occupation, Larnaudie's church has not suffered much. Repairs are being made slowly but surely. He will leave the famous "bill" to God who will know when the favorable moment comes. The fence around their cemetery has been a coveted object for the soldiers who have to spend the winter in tents and the Negroes who have no other shelter but their improvised cabins. The military authority have given him some boards; a barrel of nails has already been used to repair past damage. Since then 300 feet of fence was taken in one night. They are now taking up a subscription for this. He has at last succeeded in getting back one of his horses; for three weeks he rode an old mule. He is sending Father Chalon a newspaper article on this subject. The two letters for the military authorities have remained without reply; he is not surprised but is not giving up. His accounts are not yet ready. The postal service is so bad; (Odin) can address him in care of W.S. Pike.

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1864 Dec 17

(Odin, John Mary, Archbishop of)
N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

To The Churchwardens (of St. Louis Cathedral
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Father (Constantine) Maenhaut having resigned, Father Gabriel Chalon has been appointed to succeed him as pastor of the Cathedral. The well known zeal and intelligence of Chalon makes (Odin) believe that his ministry will be profitable.

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1864 Dec 18

Durst, Father Aug(ust)
Mount Calvary, (Wisconsin)

To Bishop (Peter Paul Lefevere)
(Detroit, Michigan)

Durst will finish his retreat at the Capuchins on Mount Calvary, after which he will have the honor to accompany Father Haas to Milwaukee. Durst encloses a certificate of the retreat. He asks Lefevere to send him the exeat in care of Father J. Holzbauer, St. Joseph's, Milwaukee. Durst asks pardon for the trouble he has caused Lefevere.

A.L.S. (French) 2pp. 32mo.

Enclosure:

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1864 Dec 18

Haas, O.M. Cap., Father Francis
Mount Calvary, (Wisconsin)

He attests that Father August Durst attended spiritual exercises for a week in the Capuchin Convent of Mount Calvary near Milwaukee, and went to confession. (Wax Seal imprinted).

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1864 Dec 19

Colburn, Rollinson
Baltimore, (Maryland)

To Archbishop John M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

He desires an autograph of Pope (Pius IX), and hopes that Odin can oblige with one. He would also like autographs of one or more Cardinals.

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1864 Dec 19

(Elder), William Henry, Bishop of
Natchez, (Mississippi)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, C.M.)
New Orleans

(Elder) is preparing a pastoral letter for Lent. He would be glad to see a copy of the Acts of the Provincial Council. The best way he knows to publish his letter will be through the Baltimore Mirror. Perhaps (Odin) could send him a proof sheet of the Acts. (Elder) expects to go to Vicksburg immediately after Christmas. The point of (Elder's) letter concerning the Council of Trent is not met by those documents (Odin) sent. There remains a difference of opinion and practice. The law extends to the whole territory formerly belonging to France and Spain. The Archbishop (Peter Richard Kenrick) understands that it does not come into force in new congregations. Many marriages, valid but unlawful according to (Kenrick's) interpretation, are null according to (Elder's) and (Odin's).

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1864 Dec 19

Gaudet, O.M.I., Father (Augustine)
Brownsville, (Texas)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

He takes the occasion of the trip of Father Karel, a German priest who is going to New York through New Orleans, to send his greetings. He hopes the next year will be better than the last four. Their mission is a vast solitude. On the other hand they have more work on the other side than they can do. Matamoros at present has more than 25,000 souls who have no chapels. All their Texas families are there; they tell of their hardships and their desire to come back across the river. Some go outside every day to look at the steeple of their church from France, established the Archconfraternity of the Heart of Mary; there are already 500 members. The Bishop of Monterey (Mexico, Pelagius Antonio Lavastida(?)) at last returned to his episcopal city on December 4 after so many years of exile. On his trip to Rome he had his diocese divided. Now all of Tamaulipas is under the jurisdiction of a vicar apostolic, Bishop (Francisco) Ramirez, one of the religious who accompanied him in Europe. This Bishop-elect has not yet appeared in his vicariate although he returned to Mexico more than two years ago; he is replaced by a priest to whom he has given his powers. When will the Bishops of Mexico understand that the real way to do good is to visit their flocks who need them so much. At last Gaudet has heard from Bishop (Claude Marie) Dubuis; he wrote from Galveston on November 16. Distress is at its height in Galveston. In Brownsville the cotton trade goes on; everything is high priced. They are all well; the Convent is doing well; they do not know where to lodge so many children.

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1864 Dec 19

McCloskey, Father George
(New York, New York)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, Ohio

McCloskey acknowledges "the letters." He read them to Mr. (William) Seton and they both thank Purcell for his prompt answer. He will go to Washington to give the matter a personal presentation. He hopes to get a letter from the Archbishop here to Senator Harris but McCloskey relies mainly upon Mr. Chase.

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1864 Dec 20

Caillet, S.M. Father W(illiam) Jos(eph)
Paris, (France)

To Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Caillet received Odin's excellent letter of recommendation for Cardinal (Alexander) Barnabo. He also thanks Odin for sending his letter to Bishop (Claude Marie Dubuis) and the one to Brother (Andrew) Edel at San Antonio. He is counting on being able to take a trip to Rome next Lent which, they tell him at the nunciature here, is a propitious time for the affair of the Society of Mary.

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1864 Dec 20

Dénecé, Father J(ohn) M(ary) J.
Petit-Caillou, (Louisiana)

to Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bad weather forced Dénecé to spend a month with the pastor at Houma. There he baptized many children, heard some confessions, made burials, etc. so that he was less "new." He finally came here on horseback on December 10; they are taking up a collection for a house for him. The chapel is far from being finished; he hopes to get more suitable land for a chapel, a cemetery and house. He talked to a rich planter at Houma, who, though a Protestant, is very generous. The people are excellent but there is a lot of ignorance. Everyone would be delighted if (Odin) gave him permission to have a school. It would help to pay his board at Homère Babin's who is a widower with only one boy. He has 20 or 30 at his Mass. At Houma they said he could not live at Petit-Caillou but he remembered what (Odin) said the first time he saw him at St. Brieuc. He asks permission to say two Masses on Sunday so that everyone can attend. If (Odin) comes around May he will not lack for those to be confirmed. He hopes to be able to go to Bayou-Salé for Mass twice a month. As he can get what he needs from New Orleans through Father (Francis) Tasset's brother who is at the customs office, Dénecé does not know when he will see (Odin) again. He asks (Odin) to give a note to Mr. Godefroid.

P.S. (Odin) can give his reply to Ernest Tasset at the customs.

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1864 Dec 20

Dwenger, (C.PP.S.) Father Joseph
Mariastein, (Ohio)

To Archbishop (John Baptist Purcell
of Cincinnati, Ohio)

Father Anthony Guggenberger, (C.PP.S.) wishes to know if he should deny the Sacraments to Mr. Hanes who left (Precious Blood Fathers). Hanes has a mortal hatred against the Society; he accuses his congregation and two of their best priests of perjury; he swore falsely several things in a law-suit against them. Although he is not qualified, he practices medicine. Dwenger has a laborious mission and is happy and contented. He has more time for proper and spiritual reading. The church in Celina is under roof; it is a complete success.

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1864 Dec 20

Harrison, (R.U.), Sister St. Pierre
Galveston, (Texas)

To Archbishop J(ohn) M(ary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

On December 19 many families left this city for New Orleans; among them was a German woman who had been with them since their return from San Antonio who was formerly their gardener. St. Pierre confided to her a letter to Odin containing one to Father (Napoleon Joseph) Perché and another to Mother Ste. Séraphine. On November 22, Sister Ste. Ursule of the convent in New Orleans was elected Superioress till new orders; Sister Ste. Anastasie was elected depositary. Their monastery has increased to twenty. One of the white veils was formerly Lydia Kauffman, now Sister St. Paul; the other was Mary McClelland, now Sister Ste. Agnes. Caroline Spann did not persevere; she is now with her aunt, Mrs. Rice. They gave only a few boarders but a good many externs. Bad times and their exposed position to bombs and cannon are presumably the reasons. She sends respects to Fathers Rousselon and Cambiaso and regards to the J. Devereux family.

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1864 Dec 20

(Schorlemer), R.G.S., Sister Marie de Ste. Thérèse
(New Orleans, Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

With (Odin's) permission (Schorlemer) sends him the letter for their doctor (Dr. Charles Faget?). Their messenger Mr. Donohoe is in open warfare with Father (Henry Riordan) Roirdan and has summoned him to court. She is afraid of scandal and that the newspapers will use it. She has advised Donohoe to talk to (Odin). Some purchases, repairs, etc. are entered as doubled in the account book. (Schorlemer) would be happy if (Riordan) left the diocese.

P.S. If Riordan had never set foot in the house of the (Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of the) Good Shepherd what a fine house they would have instead of all the debts and misery. Must they pay them? (Riordan) has told her many times to refuse all claims except the 6,000.

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1864 Dec 21

Andres, Father Franc(is) Maria
Canal Dover, (Ohio)

To (Archbishop John Baptist Purcell)
of Cincinnati, Ohio

Andres has received the letters of Purcell and George Factor. He is not surprised at the complaint except that it was not made sooner. His great sorrow is that Purcell has not trusted him. He does not want to defend himself but asks that Purcell read what he has to say. He is willing to sustain Purcell's judgment but wishes that he might defend himself publicly in the church, since he is sure that many would rise to defend him. He maintains that Factor has told untruths about him in the hope of having him removed from the congregation at Coshocton, and now seeks to prevent his return. He did not submit himself to these men and they are angry at him. It is superfluous to warn him against asking for dimissorial letters. He does not seek them. As to the money, he asserts that Purcell and his mother alone know that he has taken a vow of poverty and that outside of his horse and his books of little value, he has nothing, sometimes asking the necessary food for his table. He has asked to be returned to Coshocton because this George Factor wants to turn over the parochial house to a non-Catholic which he would not permit. The Irish have promised him means of livelihood if he will return. Further his mother, who does not have good health at that place, was well in Coshocton. However, if the Lord so wishes he will do his will, confident that some day he will be exonerated.

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1864 Dec 21

Follot, Father F(rancis) C.
Plaquemine, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M,
New Orleans, Louisiana)

At the beginning of December several ladies came to ask Follot to say a High Mass for some of their friends in the 30th Louisiana and to announce it in the church. Follot hesitated a long time about this announcement; they came back three times. He made it, thinking it would be viewed favorably by the authorities. Then when the Major in command advised Follot to write to General Sherman for a pass, Follot learned that when a favorable reply came the Provost Marshal sent it back. The following Sunday Follot explained that he had not acted in a spirit of revolt, that he had also had services for Federals, etc. Yesterday the Major summoned him and read a letter from a Captain Harper and provisionally condemned Follot to have no more divine service in his church until further orders. That evening Follot rang the Angelus and the Major sent him an order to turn over the key of the church to punish him for what he called Follot's disobedience. Probably the Major will write to General Sherman or to his adjutant, Captain P.A. Speed. Follot asks (Odin) to tell him what to do. The congregation of Plaquemine is getting smaller; the closed lines prevent many from attending services.

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1864 Dec 22

Healy, Father James A.
Boston, (Massachusetts)

To Bishop F(rancis) P. McFarland of Hartford
(Providence, Rhode Island)

Healy is sorry to say that their Bishop (John Fitzpatrick) is dangerously ill. The physicians do not yet despair of him but their hopes are poor indeed. (Fitzpatrick) has received the last sacraments and commends himself to McFarland's prayers.

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1864 Dec 22

Keane. William, Bishop of Cloyne
Queenstown, (Ireland)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, Ohio

Purcell's letter regarding Father (Thomas J.) Coppinger came to hand in due time. He has communicated the business part of it to Bishop O'Shea of Ross. Ross was separated from Cloyne in 1850. Now sad are these falls among Irish priests. They are bad enough at home where the people make large allowances for them, but they must do irreparable mischief in America. He asks when is this disastrous war to end.

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1864 Dec 20

Kindekens, Father P(eter)
Adrian, (Michigan)

to Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefevere
Detroit, Mich(igan)

Today is the first anniversary of the burning of the church which had cost him 10 years of anxiety and labor. Had he been permitted to use his own judgment, instead of being passive to the agent of a selfish and ignorant clique, there would be a better church today. As Lefevere has expressed doubt on the subject Kindekens writes how this could have been accomplished. $8000 was available and a responsible builder agreed to build for that amount. Lay-management has prevented a new church either up town or down town, and it has broken up their Catholic schools. Also it has divided and subdivided Catholics. Lefevere has accused Kindekens of being the only one opposed to a downtown site; visiting priests said so too. Mr. Phelan's church or schoolhouse is 6 ft. above the mud. The Phelan or ultra party say Lefevere did not keep his promises. On Sept. 5, 1864 Phelan wrote Kindekens that Adrian Catholics would build a schoolhouse first; the opposite is true, they want a church first.

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1864 Dec 23

(Timon), John, Bishop of Buffalo
Buffalo, (New York)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He thanks Purcell for the information regarding the permission to allow religious communities to keep the Blessed Sacrament in their Chapels. But he fears that the privilege is only given Purcell's Province and that they should also petition. He asks Purcell to send him the words of his petition.

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1864 Dec 24

Mount Carmel, Sisters of
N(ew) O(rleans, Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

They wish him a happy Feast and the fulfillment of all his prayers.

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1864 Dec 24

St. Bernard, Sister
Thibodaux, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

The Sisters (of Mount Carmel) send their wishes for a good Feast and a good year. All their pupils whom (Odin) saw on his last visit send their greetings.

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1864 Dec 25

St. Jean de la Croix, (O.Carm.), Sister
Thibodeaux, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

For two years she has been unable to offer good wishes on his feast day, being in the Confederacy at their house in Vermillionville. This year she can join his numerous flock in doing so.

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1864 Dec 26

Carrell, S.J., Bishop Geo(rge) A(loysius)

To Bishop P(eter) P(aul) Lefev(e)re
Detroit, (Michigan)

One of Carrell's seminarians in Canada wrote complaining of hard treatment in a small college where he is teaching. Carrell wrote him to come on and he would send him to Baltimore. Some months ago Carrell directed Monsieur Certes of Paris to remit a certain amount to him. In case the seminarian has not received it, would Lefevere advance the amount needed from Detroit to Covington and Carrell will reimburse him. Carrell's recommendation for Louisville does not seem acceptable to Archbishop (Martin John Spalding): the latter writes strongly in favor of his present vicar general (Father Henry B. Coskery). The Archbishop of Cincinnati (John Baptist Purcell) recommends a most excellent priest not of this Province nor is he in this country.

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1864 (Dec. 26)

Ceuppens, Father Fr(ancis X) and
Father J(ean) B(aptis)te LeSaichere

to (Archbishop John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

They ask a dispensation from the impediment of affinity between Simon Peter Eliser and Elvania Brand by reason of lack of dowry. They would like to write a few words on the question of disparity of cult when one party is doubtfully baptized unless the person asks to be received into the Church.

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1864 Dec 26

Horan, E(dward) J(ohn), Bishop of
Kingston, (Canada)

To Archbishop (John Mary) Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

Odin's letter of the 10th reached Horan this morning. Some months since he had a letter asking for information concerning this same Philip Maguire. He found the brothers and learned that their brother was living in New York state but that as he is a roaming character they could not exactly say in what part. Philip was rather a dissipated character but not alone to blame for domestic troubles.

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1864 Dec 26

McCaffrey, Father John, Mount St. Mary's College
(Emmitsburg, Maryland)

To Bishop (Francis P. McFarland of Hartford
Providence, Rhode Island)

After his return from Baltimore he ordered Mr. McCabe and Mr. Byrne of Boston to be ready for ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, the feast of St. Silvester. They spend the week at Loyola College, Baltimore where Father (Angelo) Paresce has engaged to give them or get one of the Jesuits to give the exercises of a retreat. McCabe asked him to write to McFarland asking his most earnest prayers on this occasion. They thought it best to promote him and practice his priesthood in comparative retirement. Archbishop (Martin John Spalding) has set a time and will probably ordain them in the Cathedral. Mr. Rogers, being young, will not regret having more time. Though scarcely ever sick McCaffrey doubts that Rogers will scarcely ever sick McCaffrey doubts that Rogers will stand much hard labor. Mr. Russel arrived a week ago and will enter the second class and begin theology in a year and a half. He is tired and must be brief.

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1864 Dec 26

(Ray) Ste. Séraphine, (R.U.), Mother
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

They take the occasion of the feast of (Odin's) patron to offer their wishes and prayers for the success of all (Odin's) works.

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1864 Dec 26

Sacred Heart, Religious of the
St. Michael, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M
New Orleans, Louisiana)

They send greetings to (Odin).

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1864 Dec 29

LeCozic, Father H(yacin)the M(ar)ie(?)
Bonfouca, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

He received (Odin's) letter of December 5. The ceremonies of Christmas went off smoothly and without incident. He asks (Odin) to send him an Ordo.

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1864 Dec 29

Lüers, J(ohn) H., Bishop of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, (Indiana)

To Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

He sent Purcell the painting given him by Mr. Schwartz of Vienna for Purcell. Purcell will receive it before New Year's day.

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1864 Dec 31

Bellanger, S.M., Father (F.)
St. Michael, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

Bellanger and his confrere send New Year greetings. He hastens to get in touch with the committee of Jefferson College. He has had two interviews with them. The last one ended in what he regards as a break in all arrangements. They must proceed with caution. He advises acting on the following conditions:

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1. A complete overhauling of the property;
2. Payment of outstanding debts;
3. The renouncing of their claims by almost all the shareholders;
4. The advance of a certain sum as assistance in the first expenses of installation.

All this calls for a lot of explanation difficult to give in a letter. This is a good opportunity to send the Christmas collection which amounted to $50.

P.S. He is anxious to have news of (Odin); if Father Chalon could send some, they would be very grateful.

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(1864) (Dec) 31

Cuny, Father (F. Christophe)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary Odin, C.M.
New Orleans, Louisiana)

His letters of excorporation which he has been waiting for for two weeks from New York have not yet arrived. He has written a second time to his sister to bring or send his papers. Six weeks ago he wrote to the Bishop of Nancy and he should have a reply soon. When (Odin) has examined them and will receive him into his diocese, Cuny asks to be given the lowest place in the diocese. On the occasion of the new year Cuny joins (Odin's) priests in good wishes.

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1864 Dec 31

Glajeux, Berard des
Paris, (France)

To Bishop (Peter Paul) Lefevere
Detroit, Michigan

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12,000 francs are allotted to the Detroit Diocese for 1864 by the Central Office of the Association of the Propagation. Following custom, a fifth of this sum will be withheld until the annual balance of receipts is made. The Central Office has received with most painful surprise the information which Lefevere has given of Father (Louis) Baroux. He was at their office in May 1863 in the name of his bishop. The recommendation made by Lefevere refers to the poverty of the Potowatomi Mission and the apostolic zeal of Baroux. If the Central Office has made a mistake, they are sincerely regretful. In the meantime the Office is not forgetful of the students in Louvain. A letter from L'abbé Gire is enclosed; also a copy of the papal bull on the Immaculate Conception definition to be translated for the Potawatomies. Certes states the amount of allocation for 1864, and encloses a copy of a treatise by Father (J.O.) Pare, Vicar General of Montreal (no enclosure).

III-2-k L.S. (French) 4pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 31

Jacobina, (d.N.D.), Sister Mary
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

(The Sisters of Notre Dame) send their wishes for a happy new year.

VI-2-h A.L.S. 3pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 31

Rodriguez, M.S.C., Sister Marie de St. Alphonse
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

To Archbishop (John Mary)Odin, (C.M.)
New Orleans, (Louisiana)

The Sisters (Marianites of Holy Cross), their pupils and orphans, send New Year's greetings.

VI-2-h A.L.S. (French) 2pp. 4to.
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1864 Dec 31

Spalding, Father Ben(jamin) J.
Louisville, (Kentucky)

To Archbishop J(ohn) B(aptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

Miss Julia L. Davidson applied to Spalding to ascertain how her friend V(incent) Marmaduke could procure the consolations of religion. He is now located in Purcell's diocese. Miss Davidson is a respectable young lady though not a member of the Church.

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1864 Dec 30

Davidson, Miss Julia L.
Louisville, (Kentucky)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
(of Cincinnati, Ohio)

She addresses Purcell in behalf of a gentleman who solicits the counsel and religious instruction of the Catholic Church. He was arrested and placed in irons at McLean Barracks, near Cincinnati. His name is Vincent Marmaduke and he comes from a wealthy family of Missouri.

II-5-B a.l.s. 2pp. 12mo.
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1864 Dec 31

(Timon), John, Bishop of Buffalo
Buffalo, (New York)

To Archbishop (John Baptist) Purcell
of Cincinnati, (Ohio)

They have been greatly afflicted by the loss of a saintly student and by that of the seminary. Father (Dietrich M.) Winan(d)s brought besides his exeat good letters from respected priests. Timon made him make retreat before he gave him a mission. He thanks Purcell for his information and will watch him more closely. Bishop (John B.) Fitzpatrick has received the last sacraments.

II-5-b A.L.S. 2pp. 12mo.
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