Mar. 17, 1894 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Rev. O’Connor, Chesterville, ON

Chesterville, Ontario
Mar. 17, 1894
Dear Rev. Mother General,

I was very pleased by the receipt of your esteemed favor of yesterday’s date this morning – but then I am always so. However, there was just one drop of bitterness mingled with that pleasure in my case. You have been seriously unwell recently, but you are now fully convalescent so your letter informs me! D.G: I cannot think that I deserve all the credit you so generously give me, for the little attention I felt it my duty as the oldest native priest of our Archdiocese, to show your dear Sisters M. Ignatius & M. Aloysius, during their recent somewhat protracted visit to this district; but nevertheless I accept it in the same spirit as it is given, and be assured dear Rev. Mother General that your delay in forwarding your usual complimentary acknowledgements, never caused me a moment’s curiosity; as I was fully convinced there was sufficient justification for same. The sequel proves that I judged correctly? Of course I gratefully accept the offered quarters at the Providence next week, although I confess I don’t like the idea of dislodging the highest authority there, during my sojourn! But I submit, etc in the invitation extended to me by his grace, (through Father Kelly). There is no request that I should bring vestments! Therefore if these be required later on, I will request you to kindly make a reserve for me in that behalf? Your little postulant M. Aloysius seemed to enjoy her outing but dear M. Ignatius had a sorrowfully happy time of it, at best! All’s over now, I presume, of her visits to her native parish! Such is human life!

I remain, dear Rev. Mother General, as ever sincerely Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Dean O'Connor
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter March 17, 1894, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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