Oct. 2, 1891 – To Sister, House of Providence, Kingston ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, St. Vincent Convent, Holyoke MA

New House
Eight O'Clock A.M.
Oct. 2, 1891
My dear Sister

You will be surprised to see by this that I am still in the city, well I did not get through here until Tuesday night and on Wednesday I went with Sr. M. of Providence to Amherst to get some shrubs for the garden. I felt that if I refused it, would be told that it was because it was Fr. Harkins’ garden and on account of the existing circumstances; so I went and I tell you I was not sorry for a bit the change. Yesterday we went to get the cutlery for the New House at Northampton and I felt too tired to go out to the Mt. last night – I am feeling splendid thank God and will go out on the 11 train and begin work right away out there – I will send you a copy of a telegram received Wednesday just as I was leaving for Amherst. I am so pleased to hear that the Watertown Affair is all over and sorry to know that it cost you so much anxiety – I put my signature to a receipt on Monday but put no figures so that will be of no use in any sale; you had the money we [illegible] had the paper. I am sorry for you[r] Father John Twomey but am glad that I was not at home for the less we have to do with such the better it pleases me. The weather is delightful here. It was excessively warm until two days ago and now it is cool and pleasant. But oh Sister it has no charms for me now, for no matter how things are settled by Rome there is a spirit of detachment from the Mother House and all its belongings that will never be rooted out – It is written on their faces as plain as day – If Rome favors them many will be happy if not an unhappy future will be the lot of these poor Sisters – Their hopes of an immediate separation run high – What they are now I know not. I will probably not write you again before Monday so do not be uneasy if you do not get any word from me before Tuesday or Wednesday next. Of course if a spare moment be mine I will not forget you – Tell Sr. M. Raphael I received her letter and it relieved me much – Love to all the dear ones at home.

Sr. M. Edward
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter October 2, 1891, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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