Marc Frenaye Letters
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence to and from Marc Freyane, collected by the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia. A number of the letters are in French.
Series I contains Frenaye correspondence from Accession 1990.118, which has letters from with numerous clergy and laypeople. Topics cover finances and fundraising, with many asking for or repaying Frenaye.
Series II contains Frenaye’s catalogue of his library which comes from MB120.
Series II contains Frenaye correspondence from Accession 2009.023, which was likely removed from 1990.118 at an earlier time. Topics also cover financial dealings.
- Majority of material found within 1849 - 1861
- 1783 - 1869
Biographical / Historical
Mark Anthony Frenaye was born February 5, 1783. According to his own written and repeated statements, he built up a competent fortune by careful methods and attention to business, as a merchant in Philadelphia. By a generous loan of thirty thousand dollars, he enabled Bishop Kenrick to begin the building of the church of St. John the Evangelist under the pastoral direction of the Rev. John Hughes, l831. From the early thirties until a short time before his death, Frenaye lived at St. John's Rectory. Mr. Frenaye died in St. Joseph's Hispital, Philadelphia, January 4th, 1873.
0.8 Linear Feet (; 2 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection contains correspondence to and from Marc Freyane, collected by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The bulk of the collection focuses on Freyane’s financial dealings with Catholics across the country.
Accessions Numbers, 1990.118; MB120; 2009.023
Collection has an itemized list of each letter with brief discerption on index cards.
- Catholic Church -- United States -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- 19th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Commerce and trade -- Philadelphia -- 19th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Language of description
- Script of description
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