Letter from M.J. Curran to Hagan
Pontifical Irish College
Curran, Michael J.
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
Holograph letter from M.(J. Curran), Raheen, Kew, Victoria (Australia), to Hagan, having returned from New Zealand. At some length, giving account of Australian subscriptions so far. Enclosing copies of the brochure (not extant) and typescript circular letters (two extant) appealing to potential Australian donors, also listing individual subscriptions from the hierarchy, priests and two lay people. Also enclosing handwritten list (preceding the circular letter) listing subscriptions and promises of same; explaining the exigency of building a new College, the contributions from the Holy See, Ireland, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians of America; a further £ 9,000 are needed.- Praising the College's large roll, though there is no student from Waterford. Regretting the [delay over] Formia; the Tivoli contract may be below in the archives, commenting on their great disarray after the transfer. Concerning a potential cardinalate for Australia, explaining that the lack of sympathy between Dr. Kelly and Cardinal Cerretti is one pointer against Sydney; the latter believes that Kelly cannot be passed over, however, and that the hat may go to Melbourne only after his death. Asking about the rumours about charges by Merry DelVal against Caccia; Br. Clancy's going home on his new appointment. He only saw P. Walsh's Life of the archbishop briefly – commenting that '"The caubeen" in the broken window will remain classic'. Then disparaging the rumours that he might stay in Australia. Despite Dr. Mannix's encouragement to stay, not believing he could raise much more by doing so; many potential donors like Count O'Loughlin are away; he will visit the Holy Land en route and return in early March. Details about the capital invested in the Roma oilfield which has not proved successful yet. Recommending investment in Melbourne diocesan shares. Dr. Mannix sends regards.
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Is Part Of
The Papers of John Hagan (1904-1930)