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Corresp: James Whitfield, 1829-1831, 6/15/1829-6/21/1831

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 9
Identifier: GAMMS.4.45.1515

Scope and Contents

6/15/1829: Whitfield discusses Taney and the lawsuit; and election of Pius VIII; he gives permission for clergy to enter the inclosure in cases of illness "knowing that you will use it with great prudence and discretion. Such visits, were they frequent, might be very prejudicial to your pious community, so be sparing and cautious in allowing them." 10/17/1829: Council in session; Bishop of Boston may visit you. The "National Council will be...closed" tomorrow, Oct. 18." Speaks of grandeur of ceremonies; 7/6/1830: looked all over for a house for them in Baltimore. Has found a marvelous one; site is excellent; found a "most beautiful garden, with a brick house, in a respectable part of the city..." "various and abundant fruits and flowers that grow in this charming place, such as a very large collection of grapes, strawberrys (sic) lemon and figs, peaches pears etc etc." Vines; bowers. A fine green house, a bath house for warm and cold baths, "..great beds of cauliflowers, and plenty of room and good soil for planting sufficient vegetables for your community. The house is genteel though not large..." Could get 50 or 60 scholars from Old Town Fells point and the neighbourhood of Central market, besides this, there is Bellaire market near at hand, the former the chief market in the city..." Suggests they pray about it. "To have light we must raise our eyes"...Also mentions a Washington house...opposite to Daniel Carrols (sic) ...fine lot and good house... Assured there will be scholars there as well. Warns against begging; it is "very odious to the Catholics of this city." 9/19/1830 : Discusses work of Ignatius Boarman on building to Aisquith property; foundation; and discusses what will be needed by the Sisters to teach at the school. Instructs them not to worry about the debt... And about move, it is up to them to dress either in habit or secular clothes. Visitation Sisters want them to stay with them if they need to. 2/24/1831: permission received from Propaganda, Rome, full confirmation re teaching and other permissions as well. 6/21/1831: A donation from Joseph Smith of Frederick for $100; asks to use to pay Boarman. Plastering and painting on schedule for 9/1 opening. (See Carmel in America, pp. 176 ff for copies of each letter summarized here.


  • Creation: 6/15/1829-6/21/1831



From the Record Group: 3 linear feet