July 28, 1892 – To Sr. M. Jane de Chantal, Mt. St. Vincent, Holyoke MA

House of Providence, Kingston
July 28, 1892
Rev. Sr. M. J. de Chantal
Mt. St. Vincent
My dear Sister,

I have a few words to say that I think it but just to the Community that you should hear – I heard that you asked Sr. M. of Providence to keep you, and I heard that she said she would be willing. Mind that this is only hearsay, but to my own knowledge you have sympathized with her, and the cause that has brought disaster on this Community. You have had nothing but sympathy for her ever since her outrageous rebellion against my authority, and I want to tell you now, that if ever you do come to this House, such language concerning her will never be tolerated.

She has crushed the life-blood out of this Community and her kindness and smartness and other good qualities which you enlarge upon can never compensate for the trying sins she has committed against the Community that made her what she is. So that your mind must be made up to keep an eternal silence on this subject in this House.

I am dear Sister in all sincerity
Yours Affectionately
Sister M. Edward S.G.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter July 28, 1892, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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