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Lynch Family Letters, 1858-1866

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308. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 18, 1863
308. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 18, 1863 Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch about procuring provisions for the Ursuline Convent and Academy and about news of the war. John writes that the man hired to obtain the provisions fears impressment of the supplies and requests that the Bishop provide him an endorsed certificate that proves the goods are for the convent should any Confederate officers stop him. John also mentions the movement of troops through Columbia on their way to Tennessee where "Genl Lee and the President have planned a campaign against Rosencrantz (sic)". 4p.
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307. Madame Baptiste to Sr Mary Charles Curtin -- September 15, 1863
307. Madame Baptiste to Sr Mary Charles Curtin -- September 15, 1863 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.
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306. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 14, 1863
306. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 14, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with updates at the Ursuline Convent and Academy. 7p.
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305. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 14, 1863
305. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 14, 1863 Francis Lynch writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about a "Mrs. Boucher" who requests help in obtaining a visit with her husband who is stationed in Pocotaligo and mentions the disheartening news of the "large cannon" that burst in Charleston. 1p.
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304. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 10, 1863
304. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 10, 1863 Letter from Francis Lynch in Cheraw to Bishop Patrick Lynch mentioning the suspension of the shelling in Charleston and the news that he has had an offer on the house of their deceased brother, James. 2p.
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303. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 9, 1863
303. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 9, 1863 Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch concerning the Bishop's slave Daniel. The Confederate Army has been after the Bishop's overseer, Mr. Buff, to send Daniel to help on coastal defenses, but since Daniel is the "only road hand on the farm", he refuses. John asks the Bishop what course of action they should take since Daniel has been ordered to be at the depot in a few days. He also mentions the good news of the "repulse from Fort Sumter" during the late siege of the harbor commenting, "there must have been Irishmen in it." 3p.
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302. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 9, 1863
302. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 9, 1863 Madame Baptiste writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about plans to obtain winter provisions, the burgeoning number of boarders including many Protestants and the renovation of a house on the grounds to accommodate some lay sisters. 4p.
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301. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 5, 1863
301. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 5, 1863 Letter from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch about frustrating negotiations with "Dr. Marks" over the Barhamville property. In a postscript he asks the Bishop to "let me hear about the big gun" in Charleston. 2p.
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300. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 4, 1863
300. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 4, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes about the record number of boarders they have received for the school year and her continued efforts to get rid of a troublesome sister. She also writes that should (Union General) Rosecrans' troops eventually come to Columbia, she would ask him to spare the convent by reminding him of the Ohio Ursulines' close relationship with his brother and of her own prayers once offered to the general "when by a sad accident, he was almost deprived of life." 10p.
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299. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 2, 1863
299. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- September 2, 1863 Letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch asking him to send their sister, Anna, back to Cheraw as their father is anxious for her safety. 1p.
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298. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 24, 1863
298. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 24, 1863 Letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from Cheraw. Francis writes that he has finished constructing a house for some of the Bishop's slaves containing "two rooms, with dbl chimney in the middle" that he hopes will be sufficient. He also writes about his recent conscription, claiming the enrolling officer does not consider Francis to be a tanner which would have exempted him from service. 1p.
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297. Louisa Blain to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 24, 1863
297. Louisa Blain to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 24, 1863 Louisa Blain writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about missing her "beloved" Charleston and prays the Bishop will not remain there should the "yankees take it." 2p.
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296. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 23, 1863
296. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 23, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. She hopes that the Bishop will invest $12,000 in the nearby Barhamville Academy to fulfill their long desire to remove the convent and school from downtown Columbia. She also mentions that she is expecting the daughters of several well known people, including that of Mayor Monroe of New Orleans and Confederate General Hindman. 8p.
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295. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 19, 1863
295. Francis Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 19, 1863 Letter from Francis Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch about investing funds in cotton and purchasing a new parcel of land. 1p.
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294. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 19, 1863
294. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 19, 1863 John Lynch writes to Bishop Patrick Lynch about news from Columbia. John mentions collecting money for the "Charleston orphans", the death of a slave boy on one of the Bishop's plantations and rumors that their brother Francis may have to go into the service. 3p.
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293. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 17, 1863
293. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 17, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch seeking advice for a particularly troublesome sister, "Augustin". 5p.
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292. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 16, 1863
292. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 16, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch describing the Sisters' recently finished retreat. 2p.
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291. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 14, 1863
291. John Lynch to Bp Patrick Lynch -- August 14, 1863 Short note from John Lynch to Bishop Patrick Lynch informing him that he was unable to locate a "Mrs. Alton" per the Bishop's inquiry. 1p.
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290. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- July 31, 1863
290. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- July 31, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch with news from the Ursuline Convent and Academy. Madame Baptiste writes about purchasing provisions and asks the Bishop for advice on investing the "thousands of Confederate money" she expects as the pupils arrive for the new school year. 4p.
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289. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- July 25, 1863
289. Madame Baptiste to Bp Patrick Lynch -- July 25, 1863 Letter from Madame Baptiste to Bishop Patrick Lynch about the defense of Charleston. She fears the inevitable union assault will last longer than the recent siege at Vicksburg and finds it astonishing "how coolly" people can talk about Charleston "being taken by the enemy." 4p.
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