NEVER GET INTO AN AIR DRAUGHT WHEN YOU HAVE PERSPIRED
Father Moreau was Vicar General and superior of the Major Seminary in Ajaccio, Corsica. He had requested permission to make a pilgrimage to Rome.
My dear Father Moreau, taking advantage of the Bishop of Ajaccio’s passing through, I will answer your last letter concisely.
For that which concerns yourself, I gladly give my consent that you make the pilgrimage to Rome; but I warn you about catching fever there; the season in which you plan to go is very dangerous. Never get into an air draught when you have perspired, never go out into the night dew, etc.
Letter to Fr. Noel Moreau, 13 June 1844, EO X n 842
Nothing spiritual or theological about this entry, but I couldn’t resist sharing with you the smile it brought to my Italian blood to see that, during his nine years of exile, Eugene had picked up the Italian phobia for air draughts! (I grew up with the constant litany of “stai attento alla corrente” from my parents)
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