May 6, 1902 – To First Assistant Mother M. Edward from Sr. M. Magdalen, Belleville ON

Belleville, Ontario
May 6, 1902
Dear Mother Edward

We are so delighted to write you that words cannot express our feelings. Sister M. Gabriel’s letter just read and delighted you are keeping well.

Our little patient has greatly improved and was sitting up for the first to-day – and if nothing else sets in the Doctor will allow us to leave the last of this week and then we will stay over Sunday with the Sisters here.

We have been at the Convent twice; all the Sisters are apparently well and all enquired for you.

Sister M. Magdalen was poorly for the first few days but seems herself today. My health keeps fairly good.

The people we are with are very nice; Church of England and the Protestants one and all are full of praise for the good Sisters who brought back to life this dear girl.

No more trained nurses for them. The Minister calls us angels and that our prayers will cure her.

We are glad that you had a drive; the air will do you good. We hope this weather will keep fair for the rest of the week.

Dear Mother please give love to Sister M. Gabriel, Raphael, Mother Ignatius & all the dear Sisters.

This pen is the worst I have ever used & a box for a table, so excuse the scribbling.

Hoping to see you soon and with sincere love.
We are your devoted children
Sister M. Magdalen

In care of H.F. Forward

(Box 302) Belleville Ont.

Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter May 6, 1902, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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