July 31, 1891 – To Bishop of Peterborough ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
July 31, 1891
Rt. Rev. H.A. O'Connor Bp.
Peterborough, Ontario
My dear Lord,

Permit me most respectfully to solicit your Lordship’s kind attention to a little financial trouble between the Community and one of your Priests, Rev. D. Casey, Pastor of Campbellford. I regret being constrained to address your Lordship on the subject and trust you will pardon me for the trouble I give. In May 85 Thomas Campbell, an uncle of the above named Rev. Father, was admitted at our Institution as an Inmate and the old gentleman’s means, about $800 remained with Father Casey. Several times he endeavored to obtain the money, but only succeeded in getting $200. He was, however, fortunate enough to get his nephew’s note for the balance. The following is a copy: 1st Note dated Jan.13/87 for Four hundred dollars payable one year after date. 2nd Note, same date for Four hundred dollars payable two years after date leaving a balance of Six hundred dollars still unremitted. This amount the old man bequeathed to the Community by Will previous to his death, which occurred Feb. 90.

Lawyer Sullivan of this City who transacted all Thomas Campbell’s business and drew up his Will, notified Rev. Father Casey, but without any satisfactory result. From time to time the Executor urged that the Community should have recourse to law; but as we wished to proceed peacefully, we delayed until the present, hoping Father Casey would pay the debt of himself.

I have now been advised by my Ecclesiastical Superior to represent the case to your Lordship and I am hopeful, that through your gracious influence the good priest may come to a settlement and save the Community greater trouble.

Hoping that your Lordship may be pleased to grant my request I beg to subscribe myself My Lord,

Most Respectfully
Mother Mary Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, pp. 141-142, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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