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The Jesuits In American California. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XVII. Pages 48-66.
Clinch, Bryan James, 1843-
1 March 2016
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
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THE JESUITS IN AMERICAN CALIFORNIA. BY BRYAN J. CLINCH. Non-:.-In view of the already published accounts dealing with the story of the Jesuits in the state of California, it may be necessary to 5f” here that the following sketch by Mr. Bryan J. Clinch, is in the mill“ drawn from original sources. The author knew personally; and m,0r,e or less intimately, most of the men named-Fathers Accolti, Me11g3“’“' Varsi, Congiato, Gonzalez, and particularly Archbishop AlemanY- The reader finds, therefore, in this article a correct if limited history of the establishment of the Society of Jesus in New California, the causes and the circumstances that led to it, and the results achieved. It further brings out in a new and strong light the intimate connection between the first missions in the Rocky‘ Mountains, with their very remarkflble attendant circumstances, and those of the Golden State.-Tlze E43107’ THE PIONEERS SUPPRESSED. The coming of the order of St. Ignatius to the Ameri- can State oi California was the result of a train of circum' stances during an antecedent term of nearly twenty Years which are so singular in character ‘that, even historicall)’: they may be called providential. It was not planned b)’ any human authority either in Church, State, 01‘ the Order itself, nor even deliberately by the men fingaged in it. Still it was the resumption of a task that had 1395“ projected a hundred and fifty years earlier by members of the Order, and it was brought about by the destruc- tion of the political power under whose protection they’ had hoped to begin it. , Fathers Kuehne and Salvatierra, in the end Of the seventeenth century, while the country west of the M‘? sissippi was an unexplored wilderness, planned to form 3 48 '