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Authorisation for Jean-Baptiste Petit-Jean to borrow money in Sydney, 22 May 1842

Original written in English by Henry Garnett. Footnotes translated by Fr Brian Quin SM

Presently the Catholic Mission in New Zealand stands in a need – on account of the failure of the Wright’s Bank – and also because the Right Reverend Bishop Pompallier received just now but a small portion of his revenue in the year 1841 – the amount of which is £3.700 – as it is to be seen in a periodical Book published by the Propagation of the Faith in the month of May of the same year 1841.[1] The correspondents of His Lordship thought it was prudent to not run the risk of loosing[2] all as it happened in the precedent[3] year. Therefore I undersigned, Vicar and Agent of His Lordship Bishop Pompallier with the advice of the whole body of Catholic missionaries who are undersigned, authorise the Reverend Father John Baptiste Petit-Jean to go to Sydney to make a loan at the same town by sending a bill payable in France at Lyon by the Reverend Father Colin, the correspondent of the Right Reverend Bishop Pompallier, or any other proper way. The name of the Reverend Petit-Jean which is already known at Sydney will be honoured and the Bill paid, we are sure, just the same as if it had been subscribed by the Doctor Pompallier himself – 22 May 1842.
At Kororareka, His Lordship being in a voyage in the Tropic Islands of his Mission.
Forest, Petit, Epalle, Garin, J B Petit-Jean

I, the undersigned, French consul at Sydney, certify that Father Petit-Jean (Jean Baptiste) who is mentioned in the letter opposite, which authorises him to come and arrange a loan in Sydney, is known to us as a priest who is a member of the Catholic Mission in New Zealand.

Sydney 8th July 1842
Article 13 of the Tariff - Free

Consul of France



  1. Cf Annales de la Propagation de la Foi (1841), 192, where, in the distribution of donations among the various missions it is indicated that the Society of the Propagation of the Faith had granted 92,800 francs to “Bishop Pompallier, Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania (Missions of the Reverend Marist Fathers). This sum would equate to £3700, the figure mentioned in the present letter.
  2. sic – losing
  3. sic – preceding
  4. Jean-Antoine-Marie Faramond, born in Melvieux (Aveyron) 18 September 1796 – was in the French consular service from 1830 to 1851.