Letter 22 - 1 October 1791
FATHER LAURENCE CALLANAN TO MISS MULALLY,
1 October 1791
On receipt of your late favour, I waited on Dr Moylan and Mr. Collins to notify your wishes. They are, be assured, very zealous for the propagation of the holy and meritorious Institute, but present circumstances will by no means admit their sending a subject to Dublin so soon as you expect. The subject sent here from Kerry, near five years ago, must return to Killarney immediately to take possession of Lord Kenmare's foundation. This nobleman is anxious to see this great work get forward, and is pressing to have it com¬menced without delay; as Miss Curtayne was sent here to fit her for that establishment, in the endowment of which Lord Kenmare has been very liberal, she must now go to undertake the great work in compliance with the duties of her state and the end for which she has been destined. Another must go with her, as it would be improper and at the same time discouraging to her to be alone.
The Community is not increased since I had the pleasure of seeing you last; judge then whether they could spare another for any establishment whatsoever. With difficulty I prevail on myself to take up the pen to give the disagreeable information; for, be assured, 'tis painful for me to write as it is to you to hear that it will not be in our power to co-operate in the glorious work heaven has inspired you to engage in, so soon and so effectually as you and we ardently wish.
The confirmation of the Institute is not yet arrived. The Agent frequently wrote that the Pontiff and the Cardinals could scarce attend to anything but the distracted affairs of France, but in a letter received about six weeks ago, he mentions that the Rule has at length received the necessary -approbation, and that in a few posts he would send it forward. However, we are yet obliged to wait in anxious expectancy. Doctor Moylan told me he would write last Monday to Rome to urge the expediting of it. As soon as it arrives I will have the pleasure of giving you immediate information.
I am exceedingly glad to hear that Mr. Mulcaile is so much retrieved, and pray the Almighty may give him a length of days to edify the surrounding faithful by his example; his zeal wore him down, but the spirit that supported him will be his eternal consolation. My best respects to him and the ladies of your house. Dr Moylan desires me to assure you of his best regards, and his earnest wishes for the happy establishment of your Community.