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Memoir, letters and journal of Elizabeth Seton

by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


St. Mary's College Of Baltimore, May 2d, 1808.

Dear Madam,—I have this moment written at length to our worthy Boston friends, to submit to their consideration the scheme which now engrosses all my thoughts. Should they approve of it, I would be for your coming hither in two or three months, and taking the lease of a newly-built house which, in every point of view, would perfectly suit all our ideas, at least during the first year, which would give you sufficient time to reflect and consult on the propriety of building, and on the most eligible spot and plan. ij»

Our two dear little girls1 impatiently wait for you; but now, assuredly more than ever.

The rent would be about $250 per annum.

Your most respectful, devoted, and hurried friend,

Wm. Dcbourg.

Please give my tenderest respects to the Rev. Messrs. Sibourd and Byrne, and to the Alomys (?) family.

Boston, May 12th, 1808. Dear Madam,—The Rev. Dr. Dubourg, in a letter to the Rev. Mr. Matignon, of the 2d instant, says he has

From Rev. Dr. Dubourg.



had the pleasure of seeing you and conversing with you on the project of an establishment in Baltimore. Dr. Matignon and I agree on all points with him and the Rev. Mr. Sibourd. Such an establishment would be a public benefit to religion, and, we hope, a real advantage to yourself and amiable family. We infinitely prefer it to your project of a retreat in Montreal.

Mr. Dubourg writes that Mr. Filicchi has authorized you to draw on his correspondent in New York for any sum necessary to begin a useful establishment, and this same worthy friend wrote to me on the same subject these very words: Money shall not be wanting

I have not received any letters from him (Mr. Anthony Filicchi) since the one I mentioned in my last to you, but I have heard by a gentleman who left Leghorn seventy days ago, that he and his family were well. The last letters from our dear Mr. Tisserant were dated the 25th of December and the 1st of January. He was well, full of projects for his return, but uncertain when he could put them in execution.

Dr. Matignon desires his respects, and I unite with him in begging to be remembered to your dear children and sister. We present our respects to the Rev. Mr. Sibourd and other clergymen of the church.1 Remember us in your prayers, and believe me, with the most sincere respect and esteem, dear madam, your most obedient, humble servant,

John Chevekus.

This letter from her enlightened friend, and the earnest solicitations of Dr. Dubourg, determined Mrs.

1 In New York.

Seton to make the change from New York, where her existence was miserable, and no way of improving it, to hospitable Baltimore, which was then as now the central point of Catholicity in the United States. She was assured of the sympathy there of all Catholic hearts, and of the material assistance of the Rev. President of St. Mary's, in an undertaking such as she was prompted to try. Her good friend at Philadelphia, Mrs. Scott, had asked her as soon as she heard of the proposed removal, to pass through that city on her way to Baltimore, and rest herself and children in her house, besides making, in the same amiable and delicate manner as before, generous offers of pecuniary aid.

She left New York with her three daughters in one of the Baltimore packets on the 9th of June.


Thursday, 9th June, 1808. My own Cecily would scarcely believe that we are only now passing the light-house thirty miles from New York. All the fatigue and weariness of mind and body are passed—the firmament of heaven so bright; the cheering sea-breeze and merry sailors would drive care away indeed, had I the company of the five dearest beings who bade adieu in the little room. Every one is so kind! A very mild-looking, modest young man came down before we had been half an hour on board, and said: "Madam, my name is James Cork,1 call on me at all times; I

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