Jan 24, 1894 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Mr. McDonagh, Perth ON

Perth, Ontario
Jan. 24, 1894
The Rev. Mother Edward,
House of Providence, Kingston
Rev. Mother:

I hope you will pardon my delay in acknowledging your great kindness in so promptly complying with my request by sending Sister M. Leonard and M. Aloysius to attend my Mother and Sister during their illness.

You are possibly aware that my sister was dead before they arrived, but the necessity of their presence seemed almost as urgent as the circumstances existed, as it would have been had my sister lived longer.

Your kindness deserves my thanks more especially because you sent such a faithful tried and experienced Sister as Sr. M. Leonard certainly is and her companion was equally faithful and sedulous in her attentions to my dear departed Mother.

It seems almost cause for regret that personal skill and kindness so great as those Sisters are possessed of, cannot be rewarded by a personal gift to them.

I ask you to accept the enclosed Twenty dollars to defray their expenses and for such charitable purposes as your judgment directs. I will be thankful, if you will tell Sr. M. Leonard, if she does not already know, that Mr. Boilen, the elder in whom she took some interest when here, has gone to Confession and received Holy Communion in accordance with his promise to her.

Yours most respectfully and gratefully,
M.P. McDouagh
Source: 407-409-A, General Secretary Fonds, Annals of the Congregation/Generalate series, Volume Volume 1893-1901, pp. 77-78, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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