Letters of Marcellin – 186

Marcellin Champagnat

1838-04-21

Before leaving Paris (cf. L. 185) Fr. Champagnat wanted to pay one last visit to the minister. Since it proved to be impossible for him to do so, he sent him this last letter. We can see that he is aware that the minister sent two letters to the prefects of the RhĂ´ne and the Loire, and he no doubt also knew their contents, i.e., the questions asked. The letter bears the seal of the ministry with the date: 23rd April 1838, and the handwritten order, Add to the dossier, 25th April.

Paris, 21st April 1838, Foreign Missions, Rue du Bac, 120.

Mister Minister,

Father Champagnat, founder of the Little Brothers of Mary, being unable, as he has been assured, to hope for an audience at this moment, offers you by means of these few words, his profound respect and his gratitude for all that you have done in favor of the work which he has founded. He is embarrassed to have only sterile thanks to offer you, but he is delighted that Providence has placed you in such a fortunate position, and beseeches It very sincerely to deign to preserve you in it.

Might Father Champagnat ask you again to take up matter of the authorization as soon as the prefects have answered. I strongly desire to give this establishment a standing which is in perfect harmony with the government. Your Excellencys avid interest in education gives me reason to hope that my efforts and the desires of so many outstanding persons will not be frustrated.

Please accept the assurance of the profound respect with which I have the honor to be, Mister Minister, your most humble and 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 lexpédition aux A.N.F. 17-PFM, 125 LY

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