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The Sir John James Fund. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume...
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The Sir John James Fund. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume IX. Pages 195-209.
Griffin, Martin I. J. (Martin Ignatius Joseph), 1842-1911.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
Sir John James Fund.
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THE SIR JOHN JAMES FUND. BY MARTIN I. J. GRIFFIN. It is a matter for serious reflection and tending to the disproof of the assertion that the “good” one does “is oft interred with the bones ” of the doer, to know that the Catholics of Pennsylvania to-day enjoy the direct beneiicence of the charity of an English Catholic, who died as far back as 1741 . The fund is known as “The Sir John James Fund.” It was established to contribute forty pounds a year to the sup- port of two priests to labor among the poor of London; the rest of the income “ for the Jesuits as missioners in Pennsylvania.” This fund is in the custody of the Archbishop of Philadel- phia. Its income is annually distributed “among the dioceses of the province of Philadelphia.” For years it has been with me a matter of special research and study to discover the origin of this fund, of which traces come to the surface to any investigator of our past history. It is also spoken of as “The German Fund,” and “The Lancasterian Fund.” From my own seekings in this country, and from special investigations made for me in the British Museum and Public Record Otiice. London, I offer the following account of the fund and of the pious founder. In the latter part of the reign of King Henry VIII, a Hol- lander, named Jacob Van Haestrecht, of Cleve, near Utrecht, came to England. Obtaining letters of denization, under the King’s patent, he thus became a subject, between an alien and a natural born, and so might hold land by purchase. He changed his name to Roger James, on account of the antipathy to foreigners. He established a brewery in Lower Thames Street, then called Petty Wales, on account of the many natives of Wales who inhabited the neighborhood. He died ‘95