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established on the mountains, and one willing to fulfill the duties of his charge, even at his own expense, without waiting for other recompense than that which comes from above. I hope that my experience of more than twenty years on these missions will be a guarantee to you that I speak with knowledge of the subject, and that I am animated with the sincere desire of advancing God's work.
TO REV. FATHER HEYDEN.
LORETTO, December 3, 1827.I really did not know him (Bishop Conwell, of Philadelphia), he was so close to me. After getting his blessing he took me away to the Archbishop's, and told me on the road that he had nominated me as coadjutor, and had written or was going to write to Rome on the subject. I told him I hoped not. The Archbishop and the Bishop seem to be united in their desire to see me appointed.
TO THE SAME.
December 13, 1828.From all mendicant friars. Oh. Lord! deliver us. I have always revered the holy institutions of St. Francis. Whether Capuchins or Franciscans, but an observation of many years has convinced me that if you take a member of these sacred institutions out of his monastery and put him on a mission, you take the fish out of the water and put him on dry land to perish. This I believe admits of very few exceptions. Freed from their vow of poverty they become most raving mad for money.
TO VERY REV. WM. MATTHEWS.
December 13, 1828I just now read a letter which your reverence wrote to Rev. Mr. McGirr, in which you state that you have appointed Very Rev. Mr. Maguire to take cognizance of and to pronounce upon the subject of certain accusations against the Rev. Mr. McGirr. This is tantamount to a suspension.
If Bishop Carroll, that almost perfect man, had proceeded in the same manner in my case in 1807, there can be