July 23, 1895 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from John Murray, Brockville ON

July 23, 1895
Rev. Mother M. Edward
House of Providence, Kingston
Rev. Mother

Enclosed please find Post Office Order for the amount of your account viz ($30.50) Thirty dollars and fifty cents; you will please accept the account and return it to me.

Immediately after receiving your message informing me of the death of the late Mrs. Quinn I immediately telegraphed to her niece Mrs. M. Kilmartin, Brantford. I received an answer to that dispatch informing me that Mrs. Kilmartin had moved to Chicago. I then telegraphed to Mrs. Collins of Chicago, sister to late Mrs. Quinn, informing her of Mrs. Quinn’s death, also that the funeral would take place on Saturday afternoon. I received an answer to that telegraph from Mrs. Collins of Chicago wishing me to delay the funeral until the following day (Sunday). I immediately answered the message as before, stated that the remains would be down from Kingston on the 3.10 Express P.M. and could not postpone the funeral. The remains arrived here on time and everything was satisfactory. In fact, since Mrs. Quinn went to the House of Providence, Kingston, I have had no trouble whatever, and it was fortunate for Mrs. Quinn that she had such a comfortable home during her declining years, when her relatives grew tired of her and for my part I am grateful to you for taking charge of her at the time. If you did not, there was no alternative only to put her in the Asylum.

Expecting to hear from you soon, I remain yours respectfully
John Murray
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter July 23, 1895, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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