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Corresp: Wm. H. Gross to M.Louise Peckocheck, 1873-1875, 07/01/1963

 File — Box: 11, Folder: 1
Identifier: GAMMS.9.43.1038

Scope and Contents

7/8,1873, Gross preached in "time-honored old Capitol", Savannah, in senate chamber, introduced by mayor. In Americus, Free-masons loaned him use of large hall; Protestants well disposed; not 12 secular priests and no religious houses; splendid laborers waste their time "on miserable Yankees who are never converted." 7/24, everywhere Catholics are lost to the faith; wants ocd monastery of priests. 1/28/1874, trying to build Catholic College of Georgia; and new cathedral; fair by women; his preaching in "Methodist Meeting House. 2/20, steamboat ride, filled with "negroes" Each pulled out liquor bottles...everyone "gloriously drunk." Every negro had his pistol which they "were firing off constantly." "black barbarians." 5/5 100s of negroes in Georgia who are perfect barbarians: you have no idea truly of their ignorance. Realized $15,000 from fair in Savannah; laid cornerstone for first Ctholic College; Jesuits opened chapel in Augusta. 10/14/Pio Nono College, Macon--seminary--opens; 12/19. mission for blacks, with Benedictines; first church for colored people; also first for Germans; letter from Pius IX. 1/12/75 "consoled by my poor negroes"; dedic of first ch for blacks in Georgia, attended "very edifyingly"; every morning at 6, assembly for their morning prayers; said during their mass; sing some pious hymns; every evening again assemble; for night prayers and sing; 3 Benedictions weekly; reference to Jesuits; pretty church in Augusta. 4/2, preaching in Greensboro; at City Hall, preached from steps (like J.England).Immense throngs. College fine; Protestant ministers "are in such a rage". 6/12 sufferings over scandal of priests; college splendid; 10 students in teology; poor people crowd to hear his sermons. 7/23, bad times for college and Catholics; $20,000 needed; rich refused loan, poor with wild enthusiasm...that very night $5,000 (7% interest), in a week, all--they want no interestent, some no repayment. "Taught me to place my confidence in God and in his poor. Got Marine Hospital in Savannah; now in charge of most excellent sisters. 10/13; Benedictine priest left, with a woman; returned but obstinate; scandal to Black Sisters and negroes; new Catholic weekly in Savannah"Southern Cross". 10/11, Court House preaching, people came from 10 to 15 miles...only 2 Catholics in this place.


  • 07/01/1963



From the Record Group: 7 linear feet