Oct. 10, 1895 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Bishop’s House, Alexandria, ON

Bishop's House, Alexandria
Oct. 10, 1895
Rev. Mother Superior
House of Providence,
Kingston, Ont.

There is a lady, Sarah Macdonald, presently in the Asylum in your city, for whom I have been asked to make application for acceptance into your home. She is between 55 & 60 years of age; her mind was deranged, but I am assured she now enjoys to the full her faculties, and Dr. Clarke, the Superintendent is either willing or anxious to have her removed. His nephew, an excellent Catholic, would be willing to keep her in his own house, but he has with him now another aged relative.

Your Sisters, when making their visitation in this parish, always called and sometimes remained over night at the house of the said nephew. Last year they did not do so however, because last fall his section of the parish was attached to the new parish of Greenfield.

As Bishop Macdonald is frequently absent, and I presume he would do as I now do, I make application on his behalf as already stated. She has, I believe, no relatives who could care for her.

I expect acquaintance of Kingston will call to see you about the matter.

I remain Yours very respectfully
D. R. Macdonald, p.p.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter October 10, 1895, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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