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Document entitled ‘Testimonials of Doctor Michael F. Cox’

Typescript document entitled ‘Testimonials of Doctor Michael F. Cox’ which details his qualifications and includes 15 testimonials from doctors and surgeons he has worked with or studied under. 10 original handwritten testimonials which appear in the typescripts testimonial are included.

Cox, Michael Francis, 1852-1926, physician

English translation of a letter by Archbishop Oliver Plunkett to Fr Oliva, General of the Society of Jesus

English translation of a letter written on 30 January 1673 by Archbishop Oliver Plunkett to Fr Giovanni Oliva SJ, General of the Society of Jesus, informing him of his appointment of Father Stephen Rice (1625-1699), a Jesuit, ‘a person of profound religion…(and)…great prudence – unwearied in suffering, most assiduous in working in the vineyard of the Lord’ to work in ‘the pulpit & Schools of Armagh.’ (Fr Rice was made Superior of the Mission in 1672). Also discusses the state of the Society in Ireland, ‘I see that it is in a most desperate condition here, I see to my great sorrow that it will not last long in Ireland if there is not a better way to train and receive novices and to punish the wild & disobedient…If you, Rev. Father, who are so full of zeal to preserve & propagate the Faith in heretic countries & for the great love you always had for this unfortunate nation, will not lend a hand to Save the S.J. in Ireland I fear it will not have the Success that I wish it.’ (The original version forms part of MSS B 33)

Plunkett, St Oliver, 1625-1681, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh

Letter from S.F. O'Mahony, Seminaire du Grand, Paris to his father on the question his entry to the Society of Jesus

Letter from S.F. O'Mahony, Seminaire du Grand, Montrouge, Paris to his father (Martin Mahony) on the question of where he shall minister ‘…it is of no Consequence that I serve my God in one climate preferably to another provided I accomplish faithfully his ever adorable will, all I ask is to be allowed to follow his voice which evidently calls me to the Society, and of that you can entertain no reasonable doubt. The rest is not essential, so I abandon it to whatever dispositions may be made by you and my Superiors. As I am of an age at which tis customary in France to receive the Ecclesiastical tonsure, I hope you will have no objection to my contracting this preliminary obligation to persevere, begging you to obtain the necessary documents from Our Bishop to whose prayers I wish to be recommended.…I received two letters from the Clongonians but decline answering as I feel every day more & more the necessity of absolute retirement and complete sequestration to enable myself to meet with some confidence the serious duties which will be one day incumbent on me & which I learn in my solitude to appreciate.’ On reverse is a letter in French, by Fr Jean Baptiste Gury SJ, Master of Novices, Montrouge, Paris, France to the father of S.F. O'Mahony regarding his son's entry into the Society.

Mahony, Francis Sylvester, 1804-1866, priest and humorist

Letter to Robert Haly SJ from F.S. O’Mahony SJ, St Louis College, Aix, in which he describes his journey, and the Jesuit college

Letter to Robert Haly SJ (1st year theology) Fribourg, Switzerland from F.S. O’Mahony SJ, St Louis College, Aix, in which he describes his journey from Lyons to Avignon and Aix, the Jesuit College at Aix which ‘contains 300 boys & 20 ecclesiastiques…we have here 9 priests & 12 scholastics’ and his current work editing ‘a Selection from the minor greek Poets’. Includes a rough sketch of the plan of the College.

Mahony, Francis Sylvester, 1804-1866, priest and humorist

Letter to Robert Haly SJ from F.S. O'Mahony SJ, St Louis College, Aix, describing meeting a priest from Clonakilty and his holiday

Letter to Robert Haly SJ, Fribourg, Switzerland from F.S. O'Mahony, SJ, St Louis College, Aix. Describes meeting a priest from Clonakilty in the Grey Friars monastery in Aix, provides news of their mutual ‘old friends in Picardy’, describes his fortnight’s villa (holiday) at Amiens, his surroundings in Provence and states that there are 1050 boys and 63 Jesuits ‘without counting laybrothers and employe(e)s’ at St Acheul.

Mahony, Francis Sylvester, 1804-1866, priest and humorist

Letters addressed to Michael F. Cox

File of handwritten and typescript letters addressed to Michael F. Cox (father of Arthur Cox) from the following individuals:

  • Dr Thomas Hayden, 30, Harcourt Street, and 18, Merrion Square North, Dublin (6 items, 1873-1877);
  • D Robert Cryan, 54, Rutland Square, West, Dublin (8 September 1876);
  • Sr Ignatius Keenan, Convent of Our Lady, St Catherine’s, Baggot Street, Dublin (1 September 1876);
  • Dr Bartholomew Woodlock, Catholic University of Ireland, 86, St. Stephens Green, Dublin (22 September 1876);;
  • Bishop Laurence Gillooly, Diocese of Elphin, Sligo (6 July 1877);

Letters of thanks, ‘I beg to acknowledge, with thanks, receipt of copy of your inaugural address to the Literary and Historical Society…’ (11 January 1873), of application, ‘In reference to your letter of application for a Demonstratorship in the School of Medicine…’ (16 September 1875) and of impending vacancies to which Michael Cox is deemed suitable ‘Would you think of going in for a provincial appointment? The Workhouse Dispensary in Longford is vacant… (22 September 1876) make up the bulk of the correspondence.

Cox, Michael Francis, 1852-1926, physician