1795 Sep. 24 |
Saint Pierre, Father Paul de
De Saint Pierre notifies the addressee of:
1.) The reception of his letter if he knew of the addressee's
sudden change, he would have taken the trip to Prairie de Rocher
with Mr. Bap Janin (?) in order to see the addressee and Father
2.) He cannot go with Mr. Collell to St. Louis and see the
addressee and that Mr. Jean Bte. Valle who arrived last night at
town, left all the letters by mistake in the "Berge." This
necessary that De St. Pierre wait for them before his trip to St.
3.) Father (Pierre) Gibault received the "bull" in question, as
the addressee will too in a short time. They forgot to put it in
De St. Pierre's official letter. Then its content will be known.
4.) That he has been advised by Mr. Bte. Valle to take a trip to
the city even though only to confound his enemies who have spread
so many slanders about him which have caused him to be considered
as a monster of religion. This presence will dissipate this bad
5.) He himself has been notified by the Vicar General of two main
accusations brought out against him: a) That he has no document
proving his priesthood and, b) that his parishioners, not believing
him a priest, are deprived of the Holy Sacraments.
6.) Furthermore, De Saint Pierre asserts that it is not difficult
to prove the contrary by: a) His ecclesiastical letters showing
that he is not under censure and that he may administer the Holy
Sacraments. b) These letters from the Archdioceses of Treves
authorizing him to administer any ecclesiastical service necessary
to the regiment of Saint ange, then, in garrison at Saarlouis, with
the permission to confess any of the faithful of the dioceses. c)
This certificate of almoner of this regiment and his discharge with
recommendation to all the French Consuls in the thirteen American
colonies, from the Chevalier de la Vallete, army brigadier and
lieutenant colonel, of this regiment. d) He adds that the supposed
doubts of his parishioners about his priesthood are sufficiently
contradicted by the mere fact of the requests they have sent to the
city in order that he may continue as a pastor among them.
7.) Moreover, De Saint Pierre asks the addressee:
a) To give him a certificate according to what he saw or heard in
his parish when he was there.
b) to dispose Father Levadoux to certify the sentiments that De
Saint Pierre's former parishioners of Kaokias, Prarie du Rocher and
Kaskaskias have of his administration.
8.) Finally, de Saint Pierre assures the addressee that as soon as
Mr. Francois Valle is back, they will take the trip to St. Louis
and then, De St. Pierre will pay for his watch.
--To this is added a note that the Bishop arrived in the city eight
days after the departure of Mr. Valle.
IV-5-b A.L.S. 3pp. 8vo. (French)