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Book Reviews. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XII. Pages...
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Book Reviews. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XII. Pages 106-112.
Reuss, Francis X.
McCarthy, Charles H.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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BOOK REVIEWS. HISTORY or THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE or HARTFORD, CoNN. By the Rev. James H. O’Donne11. 1900. Next to the merit of performing worthy deeds is, if not equal, the merit of duly recording them; and Father O’Don- nell has deserved all this merit in reciting for posterity the hardships of the early missionaries in planting the Church in Connecticut. It is not in any sense a mere chronicle of men and events, drawn from sources both doubtful and unreliable. The best authorities have been consulted and compared, and the documents found and quoted give us the assurance that Father O’Donnell is a most careful historian, and that his work will be a standard authority on Catholic history. Cer- tainly everything human has its flaws, and lies open to criti- cism, but the above-mentioned work will be familiarly quoted when the criticisms. will be long out of sight. The twen- tieth century will pass, and the history of the Church in Con- necticut will merit more praise for the writer as each year goes by. A It is certainly impossible for the reader to verify each and every statement made in any history, but Father O’Donnel1 is one of the most careful historians, and assures us that the work in question has been carefully revised, and so we may receive the work with the assurance that it is a welcome ac- quisition to the history of the Catholic Church in America. When we consider the vast amount of material that has passed before the eyes of the writer, and the vast fund of varied in- formation he places in the hands of the reader, we may be assured of the labor necessary to compile the data, even ‘C0 the smallest details. We cannot but congratulate the writer that another volume has been added to the history of the Church in America. . FRANCIS X. Rauss. 106