Mar. 17, 1892 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Holyoke MA, from Rev. Gauthier, Archbishop of Kingston’s Assistant, Alexandria, VA

St. Mary's Church,
Alexandria, Va.
Mar. 17, 1892
My dear Mother,

I did not send you the promised letter from Va. Beach because of our leaving that place quite unexpectedly – so much so indeed as to deprive me of the opportunity of dropping you even a short line.

We are now on our way Northward and will likely reach home sooner than we had arranged to before leaving. So we shall remain only a day or two in each place we visit as we go along and as His Grace has not decided what particular places we may visit, I cannot give you our address, but I shall try and send you an occasional letter.

His Grace is pretty well and now that he has the harness off, I mean, of course, the cares of the Diocese – and not the baby, he is becoming “Richard himself again”. I expect by the time we reach Kingston he will be as well as ever.

About the fee to Mgr. O’Bryan, I would not say any more than is contained in His Grace’s letter which he said you were to send to the Mgr. Don’t be afraid, he will send in his account sure enough.

I am afraid you are making a mistake in allowing Sr. M. of Providence to go to the school. His Grace expects to have his instructions strictly adhered to even in these smallest details. I just mention this to you, of course, confidently. The Archbishop knows nothing of your action in this connection as I thought it prudent not to read him your last letter to me.

You have, I need not say, my earnest heartfelt sympathy in your present most painful position and so far as I can do anything to relieve you, be assured my best efforts will not be wanting.

Yours always faithfully,
C. H. Gauthier
P.S. I am writing in great haste, as you no doubt will observe.
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume 1861-1892, p. 286, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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