Robert Lynch in Rennes, France, writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch in Rome about his continued education in the tanning business and his hope that the end of the war in America will finally allow him to return home. 4p.
Note from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch written as a letter of introduction for a Capt. George. John extols the virtues of a breech loading cannon exhibited to him by Capt. George and asks the Bishop to see it as well and to "use what influence you have, in trying to have a battery of them made immediately." 1p.
Mortgage taken out by Bishop Patrick Lynch for $5000, payable to Etienne Poincignon, for lots on Society and Queen Streets in August, 1859. Two handwritten statements verifying the full satisfaction of the mortgage are written on the back by the executors of Poincignon and the Register Mesne Conveyance in October 1880. 4p.
Madame Lynch writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning the effects of the escalating war. She informs the Bishop, who is visiting White Sulphur Springs in Montgomery, Virginia, that "the Yankees are trying to take James Island" to get closer to Charleston. Glad that he is away from Charleston she writes, "I am a very strong secessionist, but only generous with other people's brothers." 4p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Sister Mary Charles Curtin about the sister's request to join the Ursuline Convent. Madame Baptiste informs her that the rules of the Ursuline Order make it difficult to accept someone who has already "professed" in another order writing that "a secular fresh from the world is preferred.....as it is more difficult to eradicate preconceived ideas of right, than to implant true ones for the first time." She also cautions the sister about the difficulty of moving from an active and worldly community to a contemplative and cloistered one. 3p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Reverend J. W. Cummings describing the current status of the Ursulines in Columbia and encloses a letter for her brother, Bishop Patrick Lynch, who is expected soon in New York. 3p.
Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about soliciting funds for the convent and academy. She asks the Bishop for the addresses of the Visitation Convent in Paris and Empress Eugenie, who have sent aid to other American convents in the past, writing "we can do nothing more in this country." 4p.