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Boston Jesuit (Newspaper) - August 23, 1834, Boston, Massachusetts268the Jesuit. Vol. V. Mobs from the City of Boston and other places in the Vicinity a &.c. From the City of Boston Forsooth had those citizens of Charlestown,1 and the five men in buckram suits who connived at the late disturbance so much fear of sixty mobiles As to forbear attacking them or were they afraid that in detecting or arresting they might unmask friends it Lbrothers j Why were the mobs from Boston permitted to Burn and destroy without the Shadow of resistance ? and Why is the Reward offered for the detection of the incendiaries worded so carefully the whole proceedings of the Charlestown selectmen Bear in our eyes a aspect of sincerity similar to that of the Soldier who looked for a Day s work but mentally prayed he might not find it. The citizens of Charlestown in Public meeting were spirited enough and the report of this meeting evinces the proper tone of feeling so far As such a document goes. But the libel on bostonian extracted above is evidently and purely the work of the selectmen. Before the occurrence of the events detailed above we could not have believed it possible that in this age Ami in this country fifty men could have been found base enough to be guilty of such enormities heavens Sovereign saves All beings but himself that hideous sight the naked human heart it must degrading though the Concession is to admitted that the perpetrators were americans native americans Yankees. The ground rendered holy by the blood of the countrymen and co temporaries of caruoli., has been polluted by the demoniacal acts of those who inherit the blessings which he aided to Purchase a and the outrage is against his religion. At the last visit of Lafayette Charlestown was the scene of a grand patriotic pageant the Friend of our country assisted in laying tie Corner Stone of a Monument commemorative of one scene in the struggle in which he was a Participator. That Monument is still unfinished and who is worthy to Complete it under its very brow Are the dark the gloomy proofs that there Are those among the professed descendants of the heroes of seventy six who Are Craven enough to War upon in non and sufficiently bigoted and ignorant to think they do god service by sacrilege arson and desecration of the grave 1 look from bunkers Hill to mount Benedict on this Monument and then on that. It none is an obelisk in memory of heroes on the other a pile of blackened ruins grounds trampled and desolate and a Tomb broken open rifled desecrated Are the least enduring memorials of the respect of a part of the american people for that clause of the Constitution which warrants Protection to the religious worship of every citizen. say least enduring because the mischief to the buildings May he re paired. Mount Benedict May again smile As was its wont but the facts arc matter of history. Too much Praise cannot be accorded to Bishop Fenwick for the prompt Steps taken by him to prevent reprisals. In an eloquent and truly Christian address at the Church in Franklin Street be told the catholics that they bad the sympathies of respectable citizens Anil that Justice would be done them by the authorities. He advised and urged them to moderation and forbearance and thus fur his advice has been listened to. The Irish population have been remarkably orderly and quiet. A look at the causes of the late tumults and we have done. The tale of to respecting the poor distressed in Idun of forty five since proved utterly false would not had the feeling of the Community generally been Correct have produced the excitement. The fact is there is an unwarrantable prejudice and at this Day no unfounded one existing Nairn int the catholics. The whole course of protestant religious instruction has been too intolerant toward them. From the primer and the catechism where John Rogers Bis wife and nine Small children figure in a Wood Cut to the pulpit whence adults Are edified with Lorenzo Downs talks of the Mississippi adopted amplified and exaggerated by some reverend gentlemen upon whom the Mantle of the itinerant seems to have fallen nil is too intolerant. There is not upon Auy subject More misapprehension than upon the Faith and worship of the Romish Church at the present Day. After the desolation of the Catholic property we repaired to the spot. Hundreds were there and we saw More than one instance of the enlightened views of some of a people who profess to have the Best institutions for instruction in the world. One genuine a a a Nice picked up a bit of gilded Wood and pocketed it exclaiming 4 in be got one of the idols they used to worship 1�?T a person with whom we were acquainted singled us nut As a subject of his special notice and commenced n philippic against catholics by asserting that no Good Man ctr lined a Catholic and no Friend of America Ever was one 1 we asked him who Charles Carroll of Carrolton was. 4 Carroll a said the enlightened Patriot 4 Carroll i done to know any such Man a such arc the principal actors in the outrage we have no doubt. The following from Coopers Heidem Nauer a description of a band Bent upon the same kind of mischief will apply admirably to the destroyers of the ursuline Convent. 4 so far is recklessness of character and object audacity in acts and indifference to moral checks were concerned a better troop could not have been desired for More than half of them were men who lived by the excesses of the Community occupying exactly that position in the social scale that fungi do in the vegetable or that sores and blotches fill in the physical Economy of the . A gentleman is in this City who is especially anxious to Stop tie Progress of catholicism in the Valley o the Mississippi and to convert the catholics to he has said we understand that on his return to the m est lie must and will take �8000 with him for the purpose of supporting the Mission. Hope he will raise the sum but we would suggest that its appropriation be altered to the civilization of some of the vandals in new England or in Aid of the fund contemplated in one of the resolutions passed it Faneuil Hall on . The sub joining letter to the lady Superior of the ursuline Convent addressed to her by the brother and brother in Law of the unhappy lady their sister about whom so much deplorable excitement has existed we have been permitted to publish a and we Hope most sincerely that its publication will tend to suppress Idle annoying and heartless curiosity and satisfy doubt and incredulity that miss Harrison is Safe in the Possession of her relations and personal transcript. Boston August Isth 18 14. Dear glad nmn during our visit on yesterday our sister Elizabeth Harrison otherwise sister Mary John stated that her health had been much impaired by the Many and useless culls to see her at the Sisters institution. Yyi a arc satisfied that she is perfectly contented and would prefer death to leaving the Community. By e Are also Well aware of your exceeding politeness and willingness 1o oblige but feel assured that if such a course of proceedings is not immediately terminated her life will lie endangered thereby. Yyi a therefore earnestly request that she be permitted to sec none but those hating business absolutely requiring her presence. Accept the Assurance of our entire Confidence nil esteem. Very respectfully yours Tito a ii tarts no not a Catholic. Godfrey i Gilse brother in Law nil to the lady Superior of the ursuline Convent. To the editor of the doily advertiser and Patriot. The interest the Public have manifested in regard to the school of the in Rseline Community whose buildings have within the last week been Burnt to the ground and the near connexion i have had with it for More than three years renders i Trust any apology unnecessary for the statement i now make. No request or intimation even from any person or persons ims induced or influenced me to make this communication. But i frankly avow that the de nmn tory and Rilely wicked reports which have come to my cars circulated insidiously and no doubt by some with great Zeal and Industry line in my opinion made it my duty to present myself to the Public in. A statement of Sneh information As 1 have in regard to this institution. My first acquaintance with this institution was in the year 1820, and my inquiries were then made to enable me to answer a letter from mrs. Geisiuger of Philadelphia the indy of capt. G., of the United states Navy. In the discharge of my duty on Tomt occasion i acquired such information is induced me two years after words to place two of my children it this school and also the child of a deceased Friend left to my care by the w ill of her father and whose Mother was also dead. From this time Viz. April 1831, my acquaintance with the school became very intimate and my to it were on nil average from that time to the present once a fortnight. In december 1832, the child of my deceased Friend became sick and after remaining it the institution about two months was brought to my House and died there about one month afterwards. During the sickness of this child a greater intimacy and a More thorough acquaintance with the inmates of the institution was had by me and mrs. Yv., than had before existed. In the month of june following the decease of this child i placed my two younger daughters it this school and my four daughters have remained there Ever since except that my eldest has within that time been it Home about three months. The teachers it this school were educated to Carh female youth. Their Early instructions were had with special reference to this As their profession and duty for life and when they have taken their religious vows they Are withdrawn from the world and have dedicated themselves singly to this service and duty. The 8chnol was upon n unt Holic foundation and the teachers were All of a Catholic order of nuns Viz. Of the order of st. Ursuline. The school was however in a protestant Community and More than three fourths of the scholars were of protestant parents. The school was therefore essentially a protestant school. This will be More readily granted when it is understood that the teachers have always Given the Assurance that no formula or catechism should be put into the children a hands except such us the parents should direct and that in the absence of any direction the children should lie instructed in religious matters Only in the Broad and Clear principles which arc to he found in the precepts and examples of our Saviour without any sectarian bins whatever. This pledge has been always most faithfully redeemed in regard to my and i believe it Lins been equally so in regard to All other children of protestant parents. The teachers have paid unwearied attention to the tempers and manners of the children their conduct on this most delicate and difficult of subjects has met with my entire satisfaction. The principles of moral right appear Ever to have been kept in steady View. The health of my children while it the school has been always Good. The child under my care who was taken sick at the school and died it my Bouse died of consumption is did also her parents. The attention to her while sick at the school was every thing that could be done. Parents i think would not have done More. The Progress of my children in their studies and in the ornamental exercises Lins been to my satisfaction. There has been no want of Diligence or Fidelity on the part of their teachers. To All the vile surmises and rumours uni reports which have been put Forth to the Public i ran Only say Tomt it has appeared to me that is fast and As often a one is met and put Down another has been ushered off to take its pm acc. In regard to the past the present and the future therefore i have but one observation to make one opinion to offer and it is this a if there is purity of life to be found by the fireside or in the families of any of our distinguished protestant clergymen throughout new eur gland it in no Way surpasses that of these

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