Aug. 23, 1894 – To Mr. White, Separate Schools Inspector, Toronto ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Aug. 23, 1894
J.F. White, S.S. Inspector
Toronto, Ontario
My dear Mr. White

Your letter reached me Monday the 20th, inst. Our annual retreat was in progress and being desirous of consulting His Grace relative to your proposition, I was obliged to delay answering. However, my reply is contained in the following extract from a letter, which I just received from the Archbishop: “I return the letter handed me yesterday as I was leaving home; I am much gratified by the report. It will be well to publish it. Ask Mr. White to do this in the way he thinks most suitable for good effect; suggest to him to call attention to the successful results in Perth after eighteen months’ charge of Schools.”

It is very encouraging to know that Mr. Suddaby recognized the Sisters’ efforts to co-operate with him in his rich harvest of most practical instructions. His methods were very attractive; every subject unfolded in a manner the most clear, concise and forcible that could be imagined. The Sisters return to their classes with renewed vigour, hopeful of bringing forth good results among the little ones confided to their care.

It now becomes my pleasing duty to heartily thank you, dear Mr. White, for the lively interest you have taken in our Institute and especially for securing for us, the services of a gentleman so truly refined, so capable and untiring in his work among us, as my estimable friend Mr. Suddaby, and, in these sentiments of gratitude and goodwill, I am joined by the Sisters of my Community.

Believe me to be, dear Mr. White, with much respect, Yours very sincerely,
Mother M. Edward, Sup. Gen.
Notes: This letter is a typed copy pasted into the copybook.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 234A &183, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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