Apr. 18, 1895 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Soeur Olier du S.S., Sisters of Providence Montreal QC

Providence Mother House
Apr. 18, 1895
To the Reverend Mother Mary Edward, Supr. Gen.
My very dear Mother

Is it not high time I acknowledge receipt of your valuable gift? I was waiting until my […] spoons, which I bought for you, before giving you the news of them. Today I can tell you that they are beautiful and expensive (good). I invite you to come and be the first to use them (use them for the first time). While waiting until I have the pleasure of thanking you in person, please accept my thanks.

Doubtless you have already learned of the death of our dear sister Angel Guardian. She died of an inflammation of the lungs followed by influenza and fatigue, which drained her during the illness of two […] Priests who died at the residence St. Janvier in the space of two weeks.

This dear elderly sister, herself, died in this house. Her body was brought here yesterday and her service will take place tomorrow. That’s one more elderly sister who has just disappeared. Oh! How quickly a void happens in our ranks.

We have several sick persons; fortunately no one is in danger at the moment.

Our sister your […] and your friends join me in offering their most cordial affection, without forgetting little sister Mary Gabriel.

Excuse the scribbling (scrawl) of an old lady but believe in her totally religious affection, and pray for her.

In the heart of our loving Jesus, I remain your very devoted Sister.
Soeur Olier du S.S.
Notes: This is a translation. The original letter is in French. The letter was translated by Sr. Mary Collins on January 25, 1999.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter April 18, 1895, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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