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ALLEN 321 ALLEN leave of her parents to go to Montreal ostensibly to learn French, but in reality to become more familiar in a convent school with the belief and practices of Catholics. They consented, but first required her to be baptized oy the Rev. Daniel Barber, a Prot- istaiit mmister of C'laremont, New Hamjjshiro. Slie became a pupil of the Sisters of the Congregation of Frances .-Vi-len at the Aoe of 16 (from a Painting) Xotre Dame, at Montreal, in 1807. One day, a Sister requested lier to place .some flowers on the altar. recommondiuK her also to make an act of adoration of the Ileal Presence of Jesus Christ in the tabernacle. When the younR woman attempted to step into the .sanctuary slie found herself unable to do so. After three futile attempts, she was filled with conviction of the Real Presence, and fell upon her knees in humble adoration. She was instructed and received baptism, her lack of proper disposition having rendered that con- ferred by Mr. Barljer invalid. At her first Communion slie felt'witliin her an unmistakable vocation to the religious life. Her parents promptly withdrew her from the convent and souplit by bestowing on the young girl every worldly jileasure and .social enjoy- ment to obliterate the religious sentiments with which she was imbued. The pleasure and excitement of such a life did not distract her from the desire of a religious life, and as soon as the year, which she had con.sented to pa.ss with her parents before taking any step in the matter, was at an end, she returned to Montreal and entered the Hotel-Dieu, making her religious profession in 1810. The convent chapel was thronged, many . ierican friends coming to wit- ness the strange -spectacle of Ethan .Mien's daugliter becoming a Catholic nun. After eleven vcars of zealous life in religion, Frances .Mien died at the Hiitel-Dieu, of lung trouble, 10 Dec. 1819. De (".ok-ihriand. Calknlic Mrmoirn <i/ lVrtn<>n( nnii Srw Hnmi'uhirr ( Burlinitton. Vt., 1880); Hakreh. Iluloru <./ ,11)/ Oum Timrt iVa.«hington, U. C, 1827); VaOtolu World, XVf. aOl; Vrrmonl GauUe (files), I, 567; Shea, Ilitt. of Cath. Church in UniUd Statet (New York, 1904). John J. a' Bucket. Allen, George, educator, b. at Milton, Vermont, 17 December, 1808; d. in Worcester, Mass., 28 May, 1876. He was graduated at the University of Ver- mont in 1827, and admitted to the bar in 1831. Later, he studied theology, and was rector of an Episcopal church at St. Albans, Vt., from 18:54 to 1837. In 1837, he became professor of ancient languages in Delaware College, at Newark, Del., and in 181.'), he held the same chair at the University of Penn.sylvania, at Philadelphia, where he w;is after- wards professor of Greek, lie became a Catholic in 1847. Cyclopwdia of Am. Biog. j„„^ j ^< QeckeT. Allen, John (1476-1.')34 Archbishop of Dublin canonist . and Chancellor of Ireland. He was educated at I Ixford and Cambridge, graduated in the latter place, and spent some years in Italy, partly at Home, for studies and for business of Arclibishop Warham of Canterbury. He was ordained priest 2.5 August, 1 I'.t'.), and held various parochial benefices until l.')22, about which time he attracted the attention of Cardi- nal Wolsey (q. v.), whose supple and helpful com- niissarj- he was in the matter of the suppression of the minor monasteries. As such, his conduct, says Dr. Gairdner, "gave rise to considerable outcry, and complaints were made about it to the king". He continued to receive ecclesiastical advancement, as- sisted Wol.-icy in his Icgatine functions, among other things "in the collusive suit shamefully instituted by the cardinal against the king in May, 1527, by which it was sought at first to have the marriage with Katha- rine declared invalid without her knowledge (Gairdner). In the summer of the same year he ac- companied the cardinal on his splendid mission to France, and finally (August, 1.5'28) was rewarded with the ardiiepiscopai see of Dublin. At the same time he was made by the king Chancellor of Ireland (Rymor, " Foedera", London, 1728, XVI, 200, 2(iS). He was relieved from asserting, against Arniagli. the legatine authority of Wolsey by the latter's fall (Uctolx;r, 1.529). With the rest of the English clergy he had to pay a heavy fine (1531) for violation of the "Statutes of Provisors" and " Pra-numire", in recognizing the legatine authority of Wolsey, then, in the king's eyes, a lieinous crime, and a reason for the cardinal's indictment. Allen wrote a treatise on the pallium, "Epistola de pallii significatione activa. et pa-ssivfi," on the occasion of his reception of this pon- tifical symbol, and another "De consuetudinibus ac statutis in tutoriis causis observandis." He seems also to have been a man of methodical habits, for in the archives of the Anglican archdiocese of Dublin arc still preserved two important registers made by liis order, the "Liber Niger", or Black Book, and the "Repertorium Viride", or Green Repertorj-, both so called, after the custom of the age, from the colour of the binding. The former is a "chartularium" of the archdiocese, or collection of its most impor- tant documents, and the latter a full description of the see as it was in 1530. Archbishop Allen was murdered near Dublin, 28 July, 1534. .As a •former follower of Wolsey, he was hate<l by the followers of the great Irish house of Kildare (Fitz- gerald), whose chief, the ninth earl, had been im- prisoned by Wolsey in the Tower from 1520 to 1530, and again, by the King, early in 1.534. Soon a fal.sc rumour spread through Ireland that the earl had been put to death, and the archbishop was killed in consequence of it by two retainers of his son, the famous "Silken Thomas" Fitzgerald. It does not appear that Lord Thomas contemplated the crime or approved of it. He aftervards sent his chaplain to Rome to obtain absolution for him from the ex-