Mar. 1902 – To First Assistant Mother M. Edward from Sr. M. Dolorosa, St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville ON

St. Vincent de Paul Hosp.,
Mar. 1902
Reverend Mother M. Edward, Assist
Very dear Mother

I cannot tell you how sorry I am to hear of your illness, we heard of you not feeling well some time ago but did not think it would take such a serious turn; may God grant you will continue to improve and that nothing else will set in. I have been and shall continue to pray for you every day for a speedy recovery.

I would like to be able to do something for you but it is my lot to never wait on those I would like to, but perhaps I might not receive any merit if I had a worldly motive.

I thought I would be going home for retreat but I am not among the number named I am not very much disappointed, only I would like to see you, as you have ever been a true Mother to me.

As you know I collected in Prescott. The Vicar asked for me; he was very kind to us. Miss Masterson was in the hospital at the time; no doubt he will think it strange I did not wait on Ellen. I would like to for his sake; Sister says she improves slowly. I am expecting my Sister (Mrs. Jennings) to see me; she has been in New York all winter. My Mother sent me a nice little watch this winter; it will be useful in caring the sick.

We did not have any slack time this winter at all and the Sisters have all been very well.

Dear Mother I shall close by sending love and best wishes for a speedy recovery and that God may spare you to the Community for many years to come.

I remain in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your devoted child,
Sister M. Dolorosa
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter March, 1902, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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