Aug. 7, 1891 – To Catholic Protection Society of Liverpool from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Aug. 7, 1891
Richard Gates, Esq.
Liverpool, England
My dear Sir,

Although I am convinced that you have been duly apprised of the difficulties which have presented themselves in our dealings with the Orphans of your Society during the past year, still on the part of the Community I feel obliged to call your attention to the dissatisfaction which is felt throughout on account of non-compliance with some regulations which were made between the Community and the “Protection Society”. In my letter of April ’89, I briefly set forth a few conditions upon which the children could be admitted at the Institution, namely, that children under six years, unless homes had been previously secured, would not be received at the same rate as others $4.00. Now there are three children under six years remaining after the last party, and one who came June ’90, and who has not been placed yet. Altogether we have thirteen in the orphanage at present most all come under a class that is most difficult to place. Actually there is more expended for travelling and clothes than would keep them comfortably lodged in Liverpool.

I may say further that all Incurables, eyes, ears, etc, idiotics and deformities were prohibited admission; nevertheless they have been brought out. This procedure the Community considers quite unfair and I think after May ’92, none shall be willing to receive the orphans. My object in apprising you of this fact at this early date is that you may make other arrangements.

In conclusion then dear Sir, permit me to state that we have a boy Patrick Page about eight years of age who is a decided idiot and for whom the Community will not be responsible. I feel confident had these rules been faithfully kept greater success would have followed our work.

I am dear Sir, Yours Respectfully
Mother Mary Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 137-138, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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