Monday, September 04, 2006

Col. Carroll's Letter Oct. 29, 1848

Col. Carroll has relented on his decision not to send John to any northern schools (see below) but is keeping him in the Catholic system. St. Mary's College was in Baltimore. Bishop Hughes was Archbishop John Hughes of New York City who invited the Jesuits to begin a college called St. John's College at Fordham, now Fordham University. The school opened in 1841. Though the letter originated at Doughoregan Manor in Maryland, Colonel Carroll seems to have been spending a lot of time in New York City.
Ironically, John Lee Carroll became one of the most active alumni of Mount St. Mary's and frequently spoke at graduation there. He seems to have chafed under the stern discipline as a young man.
Source of letter: Mount St. Mary's University Special Collections, letter to Rev. John McCloskey.

Doughoregan Manor
Oct. 29, 1848

Rev'd Dear Sir
I owe you an apology for this delay in relation to the (account?) forwarded. I have never been so much employed and have also been much away from home.
You will see in the check forwarded that I have estimated only three months instead of six for John. I fear that I shall have to withdraw him and send him to St. Marys or to Bishop Hughes college in NY. To any of the Northern colleges I will not let him go although he wishes it-- I know them and the dissipation practiced there by experience--Will you do me the favor to see him, communicate this to him, and tell him how deeply I am hurt with him for his discontent, for I am satisfied that your institution is the best at taking things into consideration, (and) he must deport himself as to leave an agreeable association with his name--with my best respect to Mr. Caffrey and the other gentlemen at the college believe me with much respect
Yours Sincerely
Charles Carroll

P. S. Charles was delighted with his visit to the Mountain and has a great regard for the institution and the gentlemen in it--he had the chance of going there or to N. York with us.



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