Letters of Marcellin – 119

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-07-06

Bro. Abel (Jean-Etienne Dumas) was director in Saint-Symphoriensur-Coise, or le-Château, from 1829 to 1835 (cf. biographical sketch). Since the passage of the Law of 1833, one-twentieth of his salary was to have been withheld to set up an old-age pension fund (cf. Letter 113). The sum in question here, one-twentieth of 400 francs for two years, or 40 francs, wasnt very much, but Fr. Champagnat needed money so badly that he collected all he could find. Since there is no trace of this letter in the departmental archives of the Rhône, nor of the prefects reply, we do not know if the latter granted his request.

Mister Prefect,

Mister Etienne Dumas, who taught for six years in St-Symphorien-le-Château as town teacher and member of the association of the Little Brothers of Mary, has not held this post for several years now. I am therefore requesting you to be so good as to allow me to reclaim the amount represented by the withholding of one-twentieth of his salary, according to the law of 28th June 1833. I await, with confidence in your sense of equity, the success of my request, and I am with the deepest respect, etc….

Champagnat

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. 44, nº 38

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