Letters of Marcellin – 211

Marcellin Champagnat

1838-08

In the annals of Sury (AFM, 213.76, p. 9) Brother Avit writes as follows about Father Champagnats letter of November 1837 (L. 164): Since the parish priests reply did not satisfy him, he came to visit the establishment in August 1838, but he did not meet the mayor. He therefore wrote to him on the 25th.... This is the letter we reproduce here.

Mister Mayor,

I was very embarrassed not to have had the opportunity to present you my respects on the occasion of my trip to Sury. My intention had been to go over with you the renovations to be made in the brothers classrooms, to bring them into line with our rules and customs. As they are right now, it is impossible for our brothers to follow our teaching method and to supervise their students as they should. We had written last year to request these renovations, but they were put off until this year. As we consider them indispensable, and since we are seeking the greatest good of the children and the best interests of your town, we hope, Mister Mayor, that you will be good enough to see to it that what we are requesting is carried out before All Saints, so that the reopening of school will not be delayed, which would certainly be the case if the renovations were not made by that time.

Please accept the esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be, Mister Mayor, 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, pp.98-99, nº 113

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