Letters of Marcellin – 145

Marcellin Champagnat

1837-10-29

As a follow-up to the letter of the preceding June (L. 113), the Minister must have forwarded Father Champagnats request to the prefects of the Loire and the Rhône with a favorable recommendation. What Bro. Avit tells us on this subject in his Abrégé des Annales, p. 220, seems inexact, for the prefects certainly could not give this authorization without consulting the minister; had he written to them to request this favor, Fr. Champagnat would have been asking them to break the law, which he certainly would not have done, as the text of the ministers letter clearly indicates. Besides, we have no trace of any letters to the two prefects on this matter. So the authorizations had to come from the minister, who limited them to these two departments where the greatest number of brothers were teaching. However, the fact remains that we do not know if the prefect of the Rhône gave this authorization, nor if the prefect of the Loire later extended it to all the Marist Brothers in his department.

Mister Prefect,

I wish to express to you the gratitude I owe you for your goodness in authorizing us to receive the sum withheld from the salary of our brothers in the town of Valbenoîte. We received it with great thanksgiving. Your good will toward our society encourages us to ask you the same favor for the other establishments which we have in your department, according to the list below.

I hope my request will meet with success thanks to your justice, and I am, with profound respect and entire devotedness, Mr.
Prefect, your most humble and most obedient servant,

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. 72, nº 77

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