FUND-RAISING BY GERMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS.
Introduction. This is a letter, in reply to previous correspondence, from Peter von Richarz, Archbishop of Augsburg, to Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin, describing the outcome from fund raising undertaken by him and by the Archbishop of Munich & Freising. He details the transmission of the monies and states that the funds will be available in a Dublin bank account in the new year (1848).
Source. Letter from Peter von Richarz, Bishop of Augsburg to Dr Daniel Murray, Archbishop of Dublin. Dublin Diocesan Archives, Drumcondra, Co. Dublin.
25 December 1847
To the Most Reverend Dr Daniel Murray,
According to Your Lordship’s letter of the 11 November, I took great care to find a banker here who would undertake to transmit to You by Your appointed way the money collected in my Dioceses for the relief of the Destitute Poor of Ireland, which I mentioned in my letter of the 29th. October past.
In the meantime, the Most Reverend Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Count Charles Augustus of Reisach, had also sent to me the voluntary contributions collected for Ireland in his Archdiocese in an amount of 153 florins (not quite £13 sterling) desiring me to send you this money together with the collected sum of my Dioceses.
This money counted to the sum, which was collected in my Dioceses, gives exactly the sum of 13,196 florins (nearly £1100 sterling) which a few days ago the Banker, Augustus Frommel of this place accepted in such a manner that after the deduction of postages and other expenses, there still remained the sum of 13,144 florins 35 (£1077.8.6 London) for being sent to Your Lordship.
This said, Banker A. Frommel has procured Bills of Exchange upon London and after the receipt of the money he intimated to me to have written to Messrs Coutts & Co., Bankers in London, that after the deduction of their expenses they should lodge the above mentioned sum of £1077.8.6 in your favour in the Bank of Ireland, Dublin. The Bills of Exchange will be payable in the middle of the next month of January circa.
Your Lordship may please to give me in a few lines an acknowledgement of having received the money, and You will distribute it between the Destitute Poor of Ireland in a manner which may seem to You most suitable.
Recommending myself and my Diocesans to Your Lordship’s and the Irish Catholics’ fraternal prayers. I am with the greatest respect and veneration.
My Lord, Your Lordship’s humble servant and Brother in Christ
Bishop of Augsburg.