Letters of Marcellin – 081

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-01-04

The school in Terrenoire, which the brothers had been running since 1832, was supported by the Company of Foundries and Forges of the Loire and Isère, of which Mr. Génissieux was director. So it was he who paid out the money needed for the foundation of a brothers school. Sometimes, instead of giving money to buy the furnishings, including clothing, founders preferred to provide the material themselves; this was the case with Mr. Génissieux.

He had also asked for brothers for La Voulte, where the Company had just opened a factory. Contrary to what Fr. Champagnat seems to be saying here, the brothers went there towards the end of November of that same year, as we learn from a further exchange of letters between the two (AFM, 129.44 and 129.46).

J.M.J.

Notre Dame de lHermitage, 4th January 1837

Mr. GĂ©nissieux,

Your brothers have asked me for shirts, saying that they cannot get by with so few of them. It seems that the old ones were only cotton; they cant take much wear. Would it be possible for you to have some more made for them? I have never seen the list of what you have provided as furnishings there, even though I have asked for it several times. You have an additional brother, and it is essential that the furnishings increase pro rata with the number of brothers.

We are thinking about your establishment in La Voulte; however, I do not think we will be able to open it so soon.

Please accept my New Years wishes and believe me to be your very devoted and most humble servant,

Champagnat
Sup. of Bros.

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 la minute, AFM, RCLA 1, p. 24, nº 2

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