Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Charles Carroll letter May, 1849

Source: Rev. John McCloskey letters, Special Collections, Mount St. Mary's University. Both John Lee and his older brother Charles had been students at Mount St. Mary's. There is no record of either Albert or Harper having attended, despite their father's great affection for his alma mater. Both of the older sons elected to leave before graduating. Charles does not appear to have carried his education further, while John Lee returned to the school of his youth: St. Mary's in Baltimore. The "order" that was in charge of Mount St. Mary's was the Society of St. Sulpice, to which the Carroll family had been long devoted. The sword referred to belonged to Colonel Carroll and was loaned to John Lee Carroll for a celebration at Mount St. Mary's. He had carelessly left it behind. The religious gathering to which the Colonel refers was the 7th Provincial Council which brought together the Archbishops of Baltimore and St. Louis, twenty-three bishops from around the country, and seven religious orders.

D Manor May 11 1849

Rev & Dear Sir
Your favor was rec(eived) last night--and I enclose you the Rev Mr. Jenkins acct (account) for the amt (amount). I was assisting your order as requested in a former letter.
I had expected to have had the pleasure of seeing you in company with Rev. Mr. MCaffrey at the meeting of the As? Association? (of) Rev Prelates in Baltimore.
Charly is in the city with Mrs Carroll enjoying the eloquence of the Bishops who in their turn preach every day--He proposes shortly to spend a week with you at the College to which he entertains? a lasting attachment--John is attending to his Studies at St. Marys in Balt. Mr. Raymond speaks well of him, but I should much have preferred his remaining at Emmitsburg. He will be much obliged to you for the care taken of his Sword which Charles will bring down when he returns. They are both rapidly moving forward to take their position for life, and a very important era it is the life of a young nation, whcih so few can properly appreciate--but I trust that they will repay us all for the care and attention which has been given to instill proper principles and information
I am with great respect
Your ? Sevt (Servant)
Charles Carroll



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