Letters of Marcellin – 104

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-03

Mr. Michel Ginot, a native of the hamlet of Soulage in La Valla, ran a ribbon store at 115 rue St-Denis in Paris; his brother Jean-Baptiste had willed it to him on 1st January 1826. He must have made a trip to La Valla to pick up a supply of ribbons. Since the family attended Sunday Mass at the Hermitage chapel, Fr. Champagnat must certainly have met the man; but he must have missed his departure from Soulage to Paris, since he took advantage of every opportunity to keep up to date on what was happening to his request for the authorization of the Institute. He is asking Mr. Ginot simply to speak with Mr. de Jussieux, but not to get involved in the matter, since he had no particular contacts with the world of government.

As for the date, the only precision we have is its order in the register, between the letter of 10th March 1837 to Fr. Vinche-neux, and the one of 17th March to the parish priest of La CĂ´te. At any rate, from that time on, the copies run in fairly faithful chronological order. The fact that this letter is numbered 22 bis is not sufficient reason to think it was written later than those just before and after it. Finally, the allusion in the text to the departure of the deputies gives only a vague indication, since the parliamentary session had begun on 27th December 1836 and was to finish in June 1837 (cf. Thureau-Dangin, Histoire de la Monarchie de juillet, t. III, pp. 146, 178). So there is nothing to say it could not have been written in March.

Dear Sir,

I was a bit too late in learning of your departure from Soulage. I wanted to ask you, knowing your obliging friendliness, to see Mr. de Jussieux , the first secretary of the prefecture in Paris, whom you know, to ask him to please inquire of Mr. Delebecque, division chief in the Ministry of Public Instruction, how things stand with the ordinance we are requesting in favor of our institution, the documentation for which I gave him personally at his hotel in Paris on 4th September 1836. I would very much like to know the outcome before the departure of the deputies. Ask him to be so kind as to tell me if there are still more formalities to be taken care of, some new step to be taken, or finally, if some document or other is missing.

The prefect of the Loire told me just recently that he would do all he could to help me, and that he would gather all the documents which concerned his administration. The commission of our arrondissement has made a new request; should it be sent?

I would be very indebted to you if you could get these gentlemen to take an interest in my business. What a favor you would be doing me, and how obliged I would be to you! If you think a little gift would be appropriate, I will owe it to you and repay you.

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. 34, nº 22 bis

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