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Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk

Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk

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Published by: Philip Nute on Apr 10, 2011
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MARIA MONK, Of the HOTEL DIEU NUNNERY OF MONTREAL.Containing, also, Many Incidents Never Before Published.PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.This volume embraces not only my "Awful Disclosures," but a continuation of my Narrative, giving anaccount of events after my escape from the Nunnery, and of my return to Montreal to procure a legal in-vestigation of my charges. It also [illegible] all the testimony that has been published against me, or everydescription, as well as that which has been given in confirmation of my story. At the close, will be found aReview of the whole Subject, furnished by a gentleman well qualified for the purpose; and finally, a copi-ous Appendix, giving further particulars interesting to the public.I present this volume to the reader, with feelings which, I trust, will be in some degree appreciated when ithas been read and reflected upon. A hasty perusal, and an imperfect apprehension of its contents, cannever produce such impressions as it has been my design to make by the statements I have laid before theworld. I know that misapprehensions exist in the minds of some virtuous people. I am not disposed tocondemn their motives, for it does not seem wonderful that in a pure state of society, and in the midst of Christian families, there should be persons who regard the crimes I have mentioned as too monstrous tobelieved. It certainly is creditable to American manners and character, that the people are inclined, at thefirst sight, to turn from my story with horror.There is also an excuse for those who, having received only a general impression concerning the nature of my Disclosures, question the propriety of publishing such immorality to the world. They fear that theminds of the young, at least, may be polluted. To such I have to say, that this objection was examined andset aside, long before they had an opportunity to make it. I solemnly believe it is necessary to inform par-ents, at least, that the ruin from which I have barely escaped, lies in the way of their children, even if deli-cacy must be in some degree wounded by revealing the fact. I understand the case, alas! from too bitterexperience. Many an innocent girl may this year be exposed to the dangers of which I was ignorant. I amresolved, that so far as depends on me, not one more victim shall fall into the hands of those enemies inwhose power I so lately have been. I know what it is to be under the dominion of Nuns and Priests; and Imaintain, that it is a far greater offence against virtue and decency to conceal than to proclaim theircrimes. Ah! had a single warning voice even whispered to me a word of caution--had even a gentle noteof alarm been sounded to me, it might have turned back my foot from the Convent when it was upon thethreshold! If, therefore, there is any one now bending a step that way, whom I have, not yet alarmed, Iwill cry _beware!_But the virtuous reader need not fear, in the following pages, to meet with vice presented in any dress buther own deformity. No one can accuse me of giving a single attraction to crime. On the contrary, I intendmy book shall be a warning to those who may hereafter be tempted by vice; and with the confidence thatsuch it will prove to be, I commend it to the careful examination of virtuous parents, and am willing toabide by their unbiased opinion, with regard both to my truth, my motives, and the interest which the pub-lic have in the developments it contains.I would now appeal to the world, and ask, whether I have not done all that could have been expected of me, and all that lay in my power, to bring to an investigation the charges I have brought against the priests
and nuns of Canada. Although it was necessary to the cause of truth, that I should, in some degree, impli-cate myself, I have not hesitated to appear as a voluntary self-accuser before the world. While there was ahope that the authorities in Canada might be prevailed upon to bring the subject to a legal investigation, Itravelled to Montreal in a feeble state of health, and with an infant in my arms only three weeks old. Inthe face of many threats and dangers, I spent nearly a month in that city, in vain attempts to bring mycause to a trial. When all prospect of success in this undertaking had disappeared, and not till then, I de-termined to make my accusations through the press; and although misrepresentations and scandals, flat-tery and threats, have been resorted to, to nullify or to suppress my testimony, I have persevered, al-though, as many of my friends have thought, at the risk of abduction or death.I have, I think, afforded every opportunity that could be reasonably expected, to judge of my credibility. Ihave appealed to the existence of things in the Hotel Dieu Nunnery, as the great criterion of the truth of my story. I have described the apartments, and now, in this volume, have added many further particulars,with such a description of them as my memory has enabled me to make. I have offered, in case I shouldbe proved an impostor, to submit to any punishment which may be proposed-- even to a re-delivery intothe hands of my bitterest enemies, to suffer what they may please to inflict.Now, in these circumstances, I would ask the people of the United States, whether my duty has not beendischarged? Have I not done what I ought--to inform and to alarm them? I would also solemnly appeal tothe Government of Great Britain, under whose guardianship is the province oppressed by the gloomy in-stitution from which I have escaped, and ask whether such atrocities ought to be tolerated, and even pro-tected by an enlightened and Christian power? I trust the hour is near, when the dens of the Hotel Dieuwill be laid open--when the tyrants who have polluted it will be brought out, with the wretched victims of their oppression and crimes.CONTENTS* * * * *
Early Life--Religious Education neglected--First School--Entrance into the School of the CongregationalNunnery--Brief Account of the Nunneries in Montreal--The Congregational Nunnery--The BlackNunnery--The Grey Nunnery--Public Respect for these Institutions--Instruction Received-- TheCatechism--The Bible
Story told by a fellow Pupil against a Priest--Other Stories--Pretty Mary--Confess to Father Richards--Mysubsequent Confessions--Left the Congregational Nunnery
Preparations to become a Novice in the Black Nunnery--Entrance-- Occupations of the Novices--TheApartments to which they had Access-- First Interview with Jane Ray--Reverence for the Superior--HerReliques --The Holy Good Shepherd, or nameless Nun--Confession of Novices
Displeased with the Convent--Left it--Residence at St. Denis--Reliques-- Marriage--Return to the BlackNunnery--Objections made by some Novices-- Ideas of the Bible
Received Confirmation--Painful Feelings--Specimen of Instruction received on the Subject
Taking the Veil--Interview afterward with the Superior--Surprise and horror at her Disclosures--Resolution to Submit
Daily Ceremonies--Jane Ray among the Nuns
Description of Apartments in the Black Nunnery, in order.--1st Floor--2d Floor--The Founder--Superior'sManagement with the Friends of Novices-- Religious Lies--Criminality of concealing Sins at Confession

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