Letters of Marcellin – 235

Marcellin Champagnat

1838-12

The note on the question of the deaf and dumb in St-Etienne, which follows L. 319, helps us to put this letter in its proper context. The copy bears no date. In the register it comes between letters of 24th November and 4th December 1838. That jibes fairly well with what we can deduce from L. 320, which like this one, alludes to a letter from the director of the institute, and contains the expression, if I still intend(ed) to train someone. Since there can hardly be any doubt that both letters are speaking about the same reply, the letter of 14th February 1840 dates it from almost a year previously, that is to say, in early 1839. That is why, taking into account a bit of faulty memory, we think we can adopt a date sometime in December 1838.

Dear Baron,

Just when I was expecting a letter telling me that my request concerning the admission of two of our brothers to the establishment for the deaf and dumb had been accepted, I received one from the director of that establishment, asking me on behalf of the minister if I still intended to train someone. Since I am under pressure from the city of St-Etienne , which very much wants to see such a useful institution begun within its walls, I am writing to ask you, Baron, to be so kind as to second my request, as you were good enough to promise me.

You know better than I the real value of this establishment in which you will have played a great part. The city of St-Etienne will be infinitely grateful to you, and I will never forget your goodness to me and my work which I continue to recommend to you.

I am, with respect, etc….

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. 117, nº 134

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