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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Letters, 1848-1862

Southern Methodist University

Collection of Pierre-Michel letters

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection of Pierre-Michel letters
Inclusive Dates: 1848-1862
Bulk Dates: 1852-1862
Abstract: Pierre-Michel (1807-1875), also known as Eugene Vintras and by his spiritual name Elie-Strathaniel, founded l’Oeuvre de la Miséricorde (“Work of Mercy”), a Catholic sect, in 1839. Pierre-Michel was imprisoned in 1842 for fraud and denounced by the Vatican in 1848. The collection of Pierre-Michel letters contain 256 letters written by followers and sympathizers.
Accession No: BridArch 208.20
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in French
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

In 1839, while living in the village of Tilly-sur-Seulles, France, Catholic peasant Pierre-Michel (Eugène Vintras) claimed to have received a letter from the archangel Michael followed by visions of the archangel, the Holy Ghost, St. Joseph, and the Virgin Mary. Through these visions, Pierre-Michel came to believe that he was a reincarnation of the prophet Elijah and that his task in life was to found a new religious order announcing the coming of the Paraclete (the age of the Holy Ghost) with miraculous signs. Pierre-Michel founded the l’Oeuvre de la Miséricorde (“Work of Mercy”), later known as the “Eliate Church of Carmel” to carry out this mission.

With only a basic education and no formal religious training, Pierre-Michel traveled across France proclaiming his spiritual revelations and instituting new religious rites. Pierre-Michel believed his ministry would lead to the renewal of Catholicism. His followers included Catholic priests, craftsmen, nobles, and members of the working class.

In 1842 Pierre-Michel was arrested on charges of roguery (fraud) and sentenced to five years in prison. After his release in 1848, Pierre-Michel fled to England where he wrote and published Évangile Éternel [The Eternal Gospel]. Pope Gregory XVI formally condemned the Church of Carmel on November 8, 1848, and Pierre-Michel responded with a counter-condemnation of the Pope.

Pierre-Michel returned to France in 1862 and founded the "Interior Sanctuary of the Elié of Carmel" in Lyon. In addition to France, The Eliate Church of Carmel had congregations in Spain, Belgium, Italy, and England. Pierre-Michel died December 7, 1875 in Lyon, and the Abbe de Boullan assumed control of the sect.

Sources:

Agnel-Billoud, Marie-Reine. Eugène Vintras: Un Cas de Délire Mystique et Politique au XIX Siècle. Paris: Lib. littéraire et médicale, 1919.

Bogaard, Milko. "1839 l'Oeuvre de la Miséricorde / Church of Carmel." http://www.gnostique.net/ecclesia/EG_II.htm. Accessed August 29, 2011.

Daraul, Arkon. A History of Secret Societies. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publ. Group, 1994.

Levi, Eliphas. The History of Magic. London: Rider and Co., 1963.

Waite, Arthur Edward. The Mysteries of Magic. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 897.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Bridwell Library’s collection of Pierre-Michel letters comprises 256 letters written by supporters during his years in London, 1848-1862. The letters document the support by Pierre-Michel’s followers and their eagerness for the publication of his book, Évangile Éternel.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: Letters, 1848-1862

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Pierre-Michel, 1807-1875.
Eliate Church of Carmel.
Gnosticism.
France -- Religion -- 19th century.
Letters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of Pierre-Michel letters, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, 1962.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2011 by Allison Osborn.

Finding aid written by

Allison Osborn, 2011.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Letters, 1848-1862

Series 1 contains 128 folders with two letters in each. The letters were written to Pierre-Michel in England by his followers and supporters in France. Most letters address Pierre-Michel as "Pere LaFerriere." Dates in brackets were supplied by the archivist
Box Folder
1918A 01 L1: letter, blue paper, [1848-1862]
L2: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Jean, 1855
02 L3: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1859
L4: letter, white paper, signed Antony, [1848-1862]
03 L5: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, Paris, [1848-1862]
L6: letter, blue paper, Lyon, signed Shaephrail, 1855
04 L7: letter, blue paper, signed Jacques-Josephe, 1858
L8: letter, blue paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1858
05 L9: note, torn white envelope, Feb. 9, 1854, written on, 1854
L10: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1858
06 L11: letter, white paper with black edges, signed S. Fernandez, 1858
L12: letter in envelope, two letters included on one sheet of white paper, second letter signed Marie Joseph, 1862
07 L13: letter, white paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1857
L14: letter, white paper, two letters included on same paper, first signed Marie [not Joseph], Paris, 1856
08 L15: letter in envelope, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Marie Joseph, 1862
L16: letter in envelope, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, Paris. [1848-1862]
09 L17: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, Paris, 1858
L18: letter, blue paper, Paris, two letters included on same paper, second signed Ehthaurmael, 1858
10 L19: letter in envelope, red wax seal, white paper, [1848-1862]
L20: letter in envelope, black wax seal, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1857
11 L21: letter, blue paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1858
L22: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Jean, 1856
12 L23: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L24: letter, blue paper, two letters on same paper, one signed Jean, 1856
13 L25: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehlahphrael Alexander, 1859
L26: letter, white paper with watermark, signed Jeanne D’, [1848-1862]
14 L27: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Bellema, 1858
L28: letter, white paper, two letters on same paper, blue & black ink, signed C. Gadcey and Camille Girard, [1848-1862]
15 L29: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Jeanne D’, 1858
L30: letter, blue paper, signed Jean, 1858
16 L31: letter, white paper, 1861
L32: letter, blue paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1858
17 L33: letter, white paper, signed Antony, [1848-1862]
L34: letter, blue paper, Lyon, signed Grimand, 1857
18 L35: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, Paris, 1856
L36: letter, white paper, 1861
19 L37: letter, blue paper, Paris, 1859
L38: letter, white paper, blue ink, two letters on same paper, signed Camille Girard and C. Gadcey, [1848-1862]
20 L39: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehlahphrael Alexander, 1858
L40: letter, white paper with black edges, Paris , 1856
21 L41: letter, blue paper, signed Alexander Ehlahphrael, 1858
L42: letter, white paper, Paris 1858, two different letters on same paper, second signed Euhmail, [1848-1862]
22 L43: letter, white paper, 1858
L44: letter, blue paper, Lyon, 1855
23 L45: letter, white paper embossed with A.C., signed P. Cagnet, 1861
L46: letter, blue paper, two letters on same paper, Paris, first signature Jacques Marie, Antoine Alexandre, second Ehlhausemael, 1858
24 L47: letter, white paper, signed Ethauxmael, [1848-1862]
L48: letter, blue paper, signed H, [1848-1862]
25 L49: letter, blue paper embossed with flower, Paris, 1858
L50: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Jacques-Josephe, 1860
26 L51: letter, blue paper, Paris, two letters on same paper, first Gustave Laughlain, second Adolphine Langluiy, 1856
L52: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, Lyon, signed Jean, 1858
27 L53: letter, white paper with argyle pattern embossed with coat of arms, signed Camille Gerard, 1858
L54: letter, white paper, signed Marie Joseph, 1861
28 L55: letter, white paper, Paris, 1859
L56: letter, white paper embossed with The Fouquere, Paris, 1860
29 L57: letter, white paper, signed Joesphe, Paris, 1858
L58: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed [Frederic?], 1858
30 L59: letter, blue paper embossed with F. G., two sheets of paper, Paris, signed Frederic, 1858
L60: letter, blue paper, three sheets of paper, 1848-1862]
31 L61: letter, white paper embossed with greyhound, signed Edouard Cautel, [1848-1862]
L62: letter, white paper, signed [Amesierael?], [1848-1862]
32 L63: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Jose Fernandez, 1854
L64: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Chavot, 1856
33 L65: letter, white paper, signed A. N., 1856
L66: letter, white paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1855
34 L67: letter fragment, white paper, signed Edouard, [1848-1862]
L68: letter, white paper, 1854
35 L69: letter, white paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1855
L70: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, 1857
36 L71: letter, blue paper, signed Dhaphrael, Paris, 1855
L72: letter, white paper, signed Dhaphrael, 1854
37 L73: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Elinor P., [1848-1862]
L74: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
38 L75: letter, white paper, signed Caroline Parker, [1848-1862]
L76: letter, white paper, signed Jacques, 1856
39 L77: letter, white paper, signed Marie Joseph, 1855
L78: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Elhoahael, 1859
40 L79: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Caroline Gozes, 1856
L80: letter, blue paper, Lyon, signed Grimaud, 1859
41 L81: letter, white paper, blue ink, signed Charles, 1858
L82: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Delcehael, 1856
42 L83: letter, white , 1857
L84: letter, white paper, signed Athyerael, 1852
43 L85: letter, white paper embossed with Bath, signed Frederic, 1858
L86: letter, white paper, signed Frederic, 1858
44 L87: letter, white paper, signed Reverchon, 1858
L88: letter, white paper, signed Andre, Theodore, Hubert, 1855
45 L89: letter in envelope, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Athyerael, [1848-1862]
L90: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Frederic, 1858
46 L91: letter, blue paper , 1858
L92: letter, white paper, signed Charles, 1855
47 L93: letter, blue paper, signed Elhyhael, 1858
L94: letter, white paper, signed Jacques Josephe, 1858
48 L95: letter, blue paper, signed Areael , [1848-1862]
L96: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1856
49 L97: letter, blue paper embossed with G. F., Paris, signed Elhyhael, 1857
L98: letter, white paper, blue ink, 1857
50 L99: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehthaurmael, 1858
L100: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1858
51 L101: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Ehlmhalhael, 1858
L102: envelope, from Paris to London, [1848-1862]
52 L103: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L104: letter, white paper, two letters on same paper, first signed Smael, second signed Cathzael, [1848-1862]
53 L105: letter, white paper, 1856
L106: letter, white paper, signed Jean, 1854
54 L107: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1858
L108: letter, white paper with black edges, 1859
55 L109: letter, white paper, 1877
L110: letter, white paper, two letters on same paper, one in blue ink signed Charles (second, 1858
56 L111: letter, white paper, 1856
L112: letter, white paper, three sheets of paper, four different letters, Paris, first signed Edouard, second A. Langl[?], third Josephine, 1862
57 L113: letter, blue paper embossed with crown design, two sheets of paper, signed Elhyhael, 1859
L114: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper from different people, embossed with Bath, signed Antony, second signed Azuael, 1854
58 L115: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, 1854
L116: letter, white paper, signed Elise, mentions Texas, 1855
59 L117: letter, blue paper, signed Josephe, 1858
L118: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1859
60 L119: letter, white paper, 1856
L120: letter, white paper, 1854
61 L121: letter, white paper, 1858
L122: letter, white paper, signed Elisee, 1858
62 L123: letter, white paper, signed Melchael, 1858
L124: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehthaurmael, 1857
63 L125: letter, white paper embossed with Commission & Transit, 1855
L126: letter, white paper embossed with Bath, 1855
64 L127: letter, white paper, blue ink, signed Camille, 1859
L128: letter, white paper with black edges, signed S. Fernandez, 1859
65 L129: letter, white paper embossed with crown design, signed Bellema, 1858
L130: letter, white paper, signed Bellema, 1858
66 L131: letter, white paper, signed Ehthaurmael, 1858
L132: letter, white paper, signed Gabelle C, [1848-1862]
67 L133: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, signed Mademoiselle Cornu, [1848-1862]
L134: letter, white paper, 1855
68 L135: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L136: letter, white paper embossed with greyhound, signed Jacques Josephe, 1858
69 L137: letter, blue paper, [1848-1862]
L138: letter, blue paper, signed Ehlhemhael, 1858
70 L139: letter, white paper with black edges, Paris, 1854
L140: letter, blue paper, signed Catherine, 1859
71 L141: letter, white paper, signed Marie de la libre Expialion, 1861
L142: letter, white paper, signed Berhmael, 1861
72 L143: letter, blue paper, signed Lucie, [1848-1862]
L144: letter, blue paper, two letters on paper, 1855
73 L145: letter, white paper, signed L’abeur, 1861
L146: letter, white paper, signed Abahael, [1848-1862]
74 L147: letter, white paper, signed Bellema, [1848-1862]
L148: letter, white paper, signed Amenerael, [1848-1862]
75 L149: letter, white paper, Lyon, 1862
L150: letter, blue paper embossed with GM, signed Leon Diquet de Rocher, [1848-1862]
76 L151: letter, blue paper, Paris, 1855
L152: letter, white paper, signed [Isabella?] C, [1848-1862]
77 L153: letter, blue paper, signed Ehlmhalhael, 1858
L154: letter, white paper, signed Amenerael, 1856
78 L155: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L156: letter, white paper, 1854
79 L157: letter, white paper, Paris, 1862
L158: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, 1859
80 L159: letter, white paper, signed Eugene M. Revershen, 1859
L160: letter, white paper with black edges, signed S. Fernandez, 1859
81 L161: letter, white paper, Paris, [1848-1862]
L162: letter, white paper embossed with greyhound, signed Jacques Josephe, 1858
82 L163: letter, white paper, signed Galliorael, 1857
L164: letter, white paper, signed Jacques, 1861
83 L165: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehtausemael, 1857
L166: letter, blue paper, signed Alyael, 1854
84 L167: letter, white paper, 1858
L168: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Jean, 1857
85 L169: letter, white paper, signed Esphael, 1859
L170: letter, white paper, signed Geanne D’Oreilly, 1856
86 L171: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper from two different people, one letter signed Berard, 1855
L172: letter, white paper, signed Ethausemael, [1848-1862]
87 L173: letter, white paper embossed with A.C., signed P. Cagnet, 1862
L174: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1854
88 L175: letter, white paper, embossed with coat of arms, signed Camille Girard, 1859
L176: letter, white paper, blue ink, [1848-1862]
89 L177: letter, white paper embossed with coat of arms, not signed but same handwriting as Caroline Park, 1857
L178: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Caroline Park, 1857
90 L179: letter, white paper embossed with crown, 1854
L180: letter, white paper from Le National, Bruxelles, signed Georges Mascord, 1859
Box Folder
1918B 01 L181: letter, white paper, blue ink, Paris, signed C. Godear, 1858
L182: letter, blue paper, two pieces of paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1855
02 L183: letter, white paper, signed Jules, [1848-1862]
L184: letter, white paper, signed Batyalmael, 1855
03 L185: letter, white paper embossed with dots, [1848-1862]
L186: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Jean, 1858
04 L187: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Hebhael, 1855
L188: letter, blue paper, 1855
05 L189: letter, white paper, stamped with green seal, 1859
L190: letter, white paper embossed with Societe Generale, signed Comptable, 1855
06 L191: letter, white paper, three sheets of paper, embossed with G.H., signed Elhihael, 1852
L192: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, embossed with vine design, Paris, signed Frederic, 1855
07 L193: letter, white paper, blue ink, [1848-1862]
L194: letter, white paper, 1858
08 L195: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehthausemael, 1858
L196: letter, blue paper, Lyon, [1848-1862]
09 L197: letter, white paper embossed with flowers, signed Martin, [1848-1862]
L198: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, [1848-1862]
10 L199: letter, white paper embossed with horse, signed T. [Garniel?], 1860
L200: letter, white paper, signed Alm, 1857
11 L201: letter, blue paper, Lyon, signed Elisabeth, 1858
L202: letter, blue paper, signed Alyael, 1857
12 L203: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L204: letter, white paper, 1855
13 L205: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Elhodhael Asphalgael, 1859
L206: letter, white paper, signed Marie Joseph, 1855
14 L207: letter, white paper, [1848-1862]
L208: letter, white paper, signed Ehthausemael, 1858
15 L209: letter, white paper, signed Marie Joseph, 1855
L210: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper, Madrid, signed Dhelahael, 1855
16 L211: letter, blue paper, two sheets of paper, signed Marie Eugenie, 1858
L212: letter, white paper with black edges, signed S. Fernandez, 1858
17 L213: letter, white paper with black edges, signed Garmiel, 1860
L214: letter, blue paper, signed Dien, [1848-1862]
18 L215: letter, white paper, signed Jean, 1858
L216: letter, white paper, Lyon, 1861
19 L217: letter, blue paper, two sheets of paper, signed Ehlhyael, 1859
L218: letter, white paper, 1855
20 L219: letter, white paper, signed Agniez, 1858
L220: letter, blue paper embossed with greyhound, signed Amilie Dubais, [1848-1862]
21 L221: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehthausemael, 1858
L222: letter, blue paper, signed Exphael, 1857
22 L223: letter, blue paper embossed with crown design, signed Ehlhyael, 1861
L224: letter, white paper, signed Ehthausemael, 1858
23 L225: letter, white paper, signed Jacques, 1856
L226: letter, white paper embossed with Quinchez, signed B, 1854
24 L227: letter, white paper, two sheets of paper- one embossed with Fouquere, the other with an envelope design, signed Marie, 1858
L228: letter, white paper, two letters on same paper, first signed Catherine, 1854
25 L229: letter, white paper, 1854
L230: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1856
26 L231: letter, white paper, signed Dhaphrael, Amodhael, Eyhuael,Ehxphrael, [1848-1862]
L232: letter, white paper embossed with Bath, 1855
27 L233: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, Paris, [1848-1862]
L234: letter, blue paper embossed with Bath, 1855
28 L235: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Ehthausemael, 1859
L236: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Gathier, 1859
29 L237: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, 1858
L238: letter, white paper embossed with crown design, signed Exphael, 1858
30 L239: letter, white paper, Lyon, signed Grimand, 1860
L240: letter, white paper, 1856
31 L241: letter, white paper, signed B, 1860
L242: letter, white paper embossed with Edmond Lemoce de Vaudouard, 1858
32 L243: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, 1859
L244: letter, blue paper, signed Ehthausemael, 1854
33 L245: letter, white paper embossed with Quinchez, Paris, 1856
L246: letter, white paper, signed G. Parte, 1856
34 L247: letter, white paper, Paris, signed Alex, 1858
L248: letter, white paper embossed with Quinchez, 1858
35 L249: letter, blue paper, 1855
L250: letter, white paper embossed with Quinchez, 1856
36 L251: letter, white paper, signed Jean, [1848-1862]
L252: letter, white paper, signed Exphael, 1854
37 L253: letter, blue paper, Paris, signed Dhaphrael, 1856
L254: letter, white paper, signed Jean, 1858
38 L255: letter, blue paper, two sheets of paper, signed Henry, 1855
L256: letter, white paper, Paris, 1858

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