Nov. 4, 1903 – To Sister from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter’s Convent, Trenton

St. Peters Convent,
Trenton, Ont.
Nov. 4, 1903
My Dear Little Sister

You must have ere this asked yourself often what did they do with my Casey? Well dearie I am just going to satisfy your curiosity but you must let me go my own way about it. You remember we began to work on it the 15 Oct. and thought if we made $10.00 on it that would be fine. Well on we went and when we had that much made our ambition was getting the better of us and we wanted five more and so on until we got twenty but that did not satisfy us either; on we went and never faltered until we made $43.00 clear cash; it was drawn last night and a poor woman drew it on one chance. The Bazaar did not close Saturday night so I would not let it be drawn till the last night. Now my dear Sister did we not show our appreciation of your gift? Indeed we valued every stitch in it and are so glad that we proved in a substantial manner our gratitude to you for it.

Next our parlor table, it was drawn last night too and we realized $61.00 on it; it was won by my niece M.C. McKinley, Jersey City. Good for the McKinley’s. Our apron brought in $12.00 so you see we the Nuns of Trenton are not idle surely. We are helping out with the Parish debt. We are all well and enjoying the Congee. Such good news too has come to us about our dear Sr. M. F. Xavier that we have a big job on hand to contain ourselves. Give my dearest love to all the other young candidates who are to form a new link added to the chain that binds us together. With love to Mother General and all enquiring friends.

I am your loving
Old Mother Edward
Source: 601.2-1-C, Sister Mary Edward collection, Correspondence series, Letter November 4, 1903, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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