Selected Letters of A.M.A. Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy /

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Author / Creator:Blanchet, Augustine Magloire Alexander, 1797-1887.
Uniform title:Corresondence. Selections. English
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:Seattle, Washington : University of Washington Press, 2013.
Description:1 online resource
Subject:Blanchet, Augustine Magloire Alexander, -- 1797-1887 -- Correspondence.
Blanchet, Augustine Magloire Alexander, -- 1797-1887
Catholic Church -- Bishops -- Correspondence.
Catholic Church -- Washington Territory -- History.
Catholic Church.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Pacific Northwest (OR, Wash.)
RELIGION -- History.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
Blanchet, Augustine Magloire Alexander, -- 1797-1887 -- Correspondence.
Catholic Church -- Bishops -- Correspondence.
Catholic Church -- Washington Territory -- History.
Washington Territory -- Church history.
Philosophy & Religion.
Washington Territory -- Church history.
United States -- Washington Territory.
Church history.
Personal correspondence.
Electronic books.
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Other authors / contributors:Brown, Roberta Stringham.
Killen, Patricia O'Connell.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:"In 1846, French Canadian-born A.M.A. Blanchet was named the first Catholic bishop of Walla Walla in the area soon to become Washington Territory. He arrived at Fort Walla Walla in late September 1847, part of the largest movement over the Oregon Trail to date. During the thirty-two years of Blanchet's tenure in the Northwest, the region underwent profound social and political change as the Hudson's Bay Company moved headquarters and many operations north following the Oregon Treaty, U.S. government and institutions were established, and Native American inhabitants dealt with displacement and discrimination. Blanchet chronicled both his own pastoral and administrative life and his observations on the world around him in a voluminous correspondence-almost nine hundred letters-to religious superiors and colleagues in Montreal, Paris, and Rome; funding organizations; other missionaries; and U.S. officials. This selection of Blanchet's letters provides a fascinating view of Washington Territory as seen through the eyes of an intelligent, devout, energetic, perceptive, and occasionally irascible cleric and administrator. Almost all of Blanchet's correspondence was in French. Roberta Stringham Brown and Patricia O'Connell Killen have chosen forty-five of those letters to translate and annotate, creating a history of early Washington that provides new insights into relationships, events, and personalities. A number of the letters provide first-hand glimpses of familiar events, such as the Whitman tragedy, the California gold rush, Indian wars and land displacement, transportation advances, and the domestic material culture of a frontier borderland. Others voice the hardships of historically underrepresented groups, including Native Americans, Metis, and French Canadians, and the experiences of ordinary people in growing population centers such as Seattle, Walla Walla, and Vancouver, Wash-ington. Still others describe the struggle to bring social, medical, and educational institutions to the region, a struggle in which women religious workers played a key role. The letters-and the editors' fascinating annotations-provide an engaging and insightful look at an important period in the history of the Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada. Roberta Stringham Brown is professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University. Patricia O'Connell Killen is professor of religious studies and academic vice president at Gonzaga University"--
Other form:Print version: 9780295992631 0295992638
Table of Contents:
  • Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Letter 1. To Charles Dufriche-Desgenettes, Pastor of Notre-Dame des Victoires, Paris, February 25, 1847; Letter 2. To François Norbert Blanchet, Archbishop of Oregon City, December 12, 1847; Letter 3. To Célestin Gauvreau, Vicar-General, Superior, College of Ste.-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, [January] 1848; Letter 4. To Members of the Councils of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Lyons and Paris, [March] 1848; Letter 5. List of Items the Bishop of Walla Walla Requested of Bishop Demers, [March 1848].
  • Letter 6. To James Buchanan, Secretary of State, March 31, 1848Letter 7. To James Buchanan, Secretary of State, April 1, 1848; Letter 8. To George Abernethy, Governor, Provisional Government of Oregon, April 29, 1848; Letter 9. To Jean-Charles Prince, Bishop of Martyropolis, Coadjutor of the Diocese of Montreal, January 27, 1849; Letter 10. To Members of the Councils of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Lyons and Paris, July 14, 1849; Letter 11. To Pope Pius IX, November 1, 1849; Letter 12. To Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal, February 6, 1850.
  • Letter 13. To J.B.A. Brouillet, Vicar-General, March 9, 1850Letter 14. To Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal, November 22, 1850; Illustration Gallery 1; Letter 15. To Isaac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory, October 20, 1854; Letter 16. To Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War, Washington City, D.C., December 28, 1854; Letter 17. To William Leclaire, Missionary, Cowlitz Mission, May 15, 1855; Letter 18. To Marcel Bernier, Cowlitz Mission, May 15, 1855; Letter 19. To Nicholas Congiato, Society of Jesus, April 26, 1856.
  • Letter 20. To the Directors of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Paris, May 15, 1857Letter 21. To Emilie Caron, Superior, Sisters of Providence, Montreal, June 16, 1857; Letter 22. To William Archbold, U.S. Army Sergeant, Fort Steilacoom, W.T., July 28, 1857; Letter 23. To Eugène-Casimir Chirouse, Oblate of Mary Immaculate, March 12, 1860; Letter 24. To Edward R. Geary, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for Oregon and Washington Territories, October 7, 1860; Letter 25. To Allen McLeod, March 6, 1862.
  • Letter 26. To the Central Council of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, April 15, 1862Letter 27. To Major Pinkney Lugenbeel, Commanding Officer, Fort Vancouver, May 22, 1862; Letter 28. To Caleb Blood Smith, Secretary of the Interior, Washington, D.C., June 16, 1862; Letter 29. To Aegidius Junger, Missionary of Walla Walla, November 6, 1862; Letter 30. To J.B.A. Brouillet, Vicar-General, March 20, 1863; Illustration Gallery 2; Letter 31. To the Directors of the Leopoldine Society, January 25, 1864; Letter 32. To Sister Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Superior, February 11, 1864.