From The Woodstock Letters, vol. 1., no. 1 (January 1872).
Although the anonymous “junior” (i.e., a Jesuit scholastic during the first two years of formation after the novitiate) is writing only six years after the end of the Civil War, his remarks about “our former slaves, the same families that came with our first Fathers and Novices from Maryland fifty years ago,” carry little of the emotion or self-consciousness that today’s reader might expect after such a trauma.
For a study of Jesuit slaveholding in Maryland both before and after the Suppression-Restoration, see Thomas Murphy, Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland, 1717-1838 (2001).