Catherine McKinley's Letters
This letter is part of a large database of correspondence written by and to Catherine McKinley, who is considered one of the founders of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. As a Sister of Providence she was known by her religious name Mother Mary Edward.
Jan. 8 - 1903 - To Sister from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter's Convent, Trenton
What conclusion have you arrived at regarding my long silence? The poet says that disappointments link the heart of man and I suppose woman are included and when I read your Christmas letter and found that you had really intended spending the Feast with us but could not obtain permission my heart went nearly to my boots. I thought by your previous letters that something of that nature was what you were hinting at.
Well dear you need not be told that I would have enjoyed your visit but as that pleasure has been denied us we must only hope on, another time may come when you will be allowed to make a visit to Trenton and be assured your welcome will not be less cordial. I feel that I have little to tell you as you saw two of my Sisters so recently; they gave more news of me than I can write. Now Sister you are always putting me in your debt; I never thought of getting the framed Vows for nothing but I will not complain only thank you for them, they are beautifully done; and if ever we get anything done in the way of cleaning the Convent they will certainly be an ornament to the Community. I hope Sister told you the coffee came safely. Your good Father did not forget us at Christmas. May God bless him and his. I have had a great bilious attack, come on Saturday and F. Twoohey sent the Dr. to see me Sunday; I spent Monday in bed and am as well as ever, a few doses of Calomee made me all right. I intended going out to day but it is snowing so I must stay in.
Wishing you dear Sister a happy New Year and many of them.