July 4, 1892 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Holyoke MA from Rev. Kelly, Archbishop’s Palace, Kingston ON

The Palace, Kingston
July 4, 1892
Rev. Motehr Edward
My dear Mother Edward,

I had some difficulty in bringing the request of your letter to His Grace’s attention. I could not mention the matter until he went away to the Springs.

This morning, His Grace bid me say as follows: “Tell her (Mother Edward) I was so used up I could not go on with my work – had to come to the Springs for rest and to tone my self up by use of the waters – that I dropped all correspondence and all writing – that I forbade you to send me letters of any kind but authorized you to open all – that you informed me of Mgr. O’Bryen’s letter – and that I agree to her (Mother Edward) to return home – but that she is to notify all in Holyoke that she will be back as soon as things are regulated in Kingston and that meanwhile her Deputy Superior General is to act in her name with all her authority and to be obeyed in everything”.

This is the whole message received just now, and I lose not a post in letting you know the mind of the Archbishop.

Hoping to see you well, I remain my dear Mother Edward,
Yours very faithfully
Thomas Kelly
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, p. 329, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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