University of Notre Dame

Diocese of Charleston Collection


Origination : Catholic Church. Diocese of Charleston (S.C.)
Extent : 5 linear inches.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Part of the collection was presented by Msgr. J.L. O'Brien, Charleston, May 22, 1937, from material found in the Diocesan Archives, Charleston. Some of the Bruté letters to Gaston were apparently a gift from (Mrs. Robert) Isabel Donaldson Bronson, 1914.

Diocesan Archives, Charleston, North Carolina.

William Gaston letter of 1811: Hobart Collection, New York Historical Society

Preferred Citation

Diocese of Charleston Collection (DCH), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Letters (originals and photostats) from Simon Gabriel Bruté, later Bishop of Vincennes, to William Gaston, North Carolina jurist, 1814-1839; other letters, including one (photostat) from John England (1834); one (photostat) from William Gaston (1811); and one (original) from Patrick N. Lynch, third bishop of Charleston (1882); and a photostat of a journal, 1820-1823, written by Bishop John England.


Diocese established in 1820 as a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Baltimore with John England as its first bishop; included North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

William Gaston was elected to the state Senate in 1799 and the state House of Commons in 1808. He served as a member of the U.S. Congress, 1813-1815. Returning to his home state he was very active in legislative affairs and was a judge of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1834 to his death.


Catholic Church. Diocese of Charleston (S.C.)
England, John, 1786-1842.
Bruté, Simon, 1779-1839.
Catholic Church. Diocese of Vincennes (Ind.), Bishop (1834-1839 : Bruté)
Gaston, William, 1778-1844.
Lynch, Patrick Neeson, 1817-1882.
Catholic Church -- South Carolina -- History.

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