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Governance (2 of 6), 1786 - 1911

 File — Box: 172, Folder: 7
Identifier: 119_2_6
Governance (2 of 6)
Governance (2 of 6)

Scope and Contents

Items of interest include: Proceedings of the General Chapter for 1786 [proceedings re: procedure, particular resolves, debts, general resolves, institution of a school, etc., (synopsis provided)]; Circular letter (Mar. 25, 1789) concerns a memorial to be sent to the Pope representing the Church in the United States and petitions that a diocesan bishop be selected by the American clergy; Letter (1786-1787) pertains to the last Chapter and discusses the form of government, bishop, relation of the Society to the Church, Jesuit estates, future college, and summary of chapters; Resolves on selecting a bishop; Proceedings of the General Chapter at White Marsh (May 11, 1789). Among the topic discussed are enslaved individuals, Georgetown College, financial matters and Newtown; Letter (Nov. 14, 1789) from Leonardo [Cardinal] Antonelli congratulating John Carroll on his appointment to the bishopric of Baltimore; Proceedings of the General Chapter at White Marsh (Nov. 7, 1792). Items discussed consist of the Suplician Seminary in Baltimore, retired clergy, Georgetown College; "Propaganda Documents" (1911) [Appointment of the first bishop of Baltimore] by E.I. Devitt, S.J.

**Former finding aid locations: 119_2_6; 2N7-10**

Materials on Slavery

This folder contains materials related to Jesuit slaveholding.

Proceeding of the General Chapter Met at the White Marsh, May 1789 - Rules for "disposing" of "supernumerary slaves" on the Jesuit plantations in Maryland. [GSA31]


  • 1786 - 1911

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From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


Repository Details

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