ANTON J. PREGALDIN
Attorney at law
7500 York Drive
Clayton, Missouri 63105
May 6, 1977
Dear Mrs Core,
I'm sorry I didn't realize that it would be a problem for
you to get Father Maxwell's letter figured out. I forget that
that can be a problem. What he said was this:
"St Genevieve, 31 May 1797
Sir and Colleagues,
I have received your letter of the 25th instant in which you
ask my opinion on some cases which are going on in your parish.
Regarding the first item, you haven't done enough, as Mr. Marche
a Terre ("walk on the ground") and that widow have given public scandal.
They should be publicly punished and with severity. I am sure that
the Commandant will lend a hand to correct such abuses.
For the second item, I authorize you to marry Francois Michel to
Catherine Bonneau without publication of banns, provided that you are
sure that no other impediment exists between them except the lack of
the brother's consent; in the four past years of marriage of which you tell me.
There only existed a mutual consent between them, but you will add
a sacrament to it if they are Catholics.
As for the third item, you should address yourself to the Commandant to
have that woman driven out of Joseph Michel's house, and if that
isn't done, you should let me know. I am, with respect, Sir, your
very humble and very obedient servant,
Maxwell, Pastor of St Genevieve."
I am interested in all of the early French families, and therefore
appreciate very much the information you have been sending me.