Letters of Marcellin – 064

Marcellin Champagnat

1836-04-12

Baron Jean André de Sers, who undoubtedly knew Fr. Champagnat from having met him personally (cf. L. 53), must have asked him for a brother for the Normal School in Montbrison, whose director was Mr. Arquillière. The Founder, for various reasons, some of which he gives here, and others which we can conjecture in view of services rendered, was quick to give a favorable reply. He sent this answer to the director of the normal school, because he had to ask him at the same time for a postponement, since the brother in question was a capable man, not easy to replace.

On 12th April, he drew up a first draft. The next day, after going over it, he wrote a new and more detailed text, which may still not have been the final one, since it contains several corrections.

The matter was probably never carried to conclusion, since we find no mention of it elsewhere.

Notre Dame, 12th April 1836

Mr. Arquillière,

We are extremely flattered by the honor which the prefect and the supervisors of your school have done us by deigning to cast a glance at us in order to call us to contribute to the good of education.

I believe these gentlemen would not want this brother until next All Saints, and in that case, we can promise you one.

At this moment it would be extremely difficult, not to say impossible, since we would have to make several changes, which would create too many disturbances in our establishments.

13th April 1836

Mr. Arquillière,

We are extremely flattered by the honor which the prefect and the supervisors of the normal school have done us in calling us to contribute to the good of education in our own department. We will be very interested in accepting, delighted to have this occasion to show our dedication to the prefect and to the good of our fellow-citizens.

However, we would like to delay until All Saints, since it would be extremely difficult, not to say impossible, for us to avoid the inconveniences caused by several transfers we would be obliged to make.

I intend to see the prefect in a few days, and to speak with him about the steps to be taken. Had it not been for a recent illness, I would have given him my answer in person.

Edition: Translation from: Lettres de Marcellin J. B. Champagnat (1789-1840) Fondateur de l?Institut des Frères Maristes, présentés par Frère Paul Sester,1985.

fonte: Daprès deux brouillons (A, B), AFM, LC 1, p. 175

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