Mar. 25, 1895 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from J. Redmond O’Reilly, Barrister, Prescott, Ont.

J. Redmond O'Reilly, B.A.,
Barrister, Solicitor,
Prescott, Ontario,
Mar. 25, 1895
Sister Mary Edward, Superior General,
House of Providence, Kingston
Dear Sister Mary Edward

There is a man in this town named John Murray a cripple from paralysis. His wife deserted him sometime ago & is now living with a man in Ogdensburg. Murray owns a property in Wexford about a mile from this Town. He values the property at about $800.00. It consists of a house & outbuildings with some lots. Murray paid $550.00 and claims to have spent $300.00 in repairs. I have no idea of the value myself but should say it would be hard to sell. It is leased at present for about $4.00 per month, the tenant paying taxes & C&C besides. Murray will have to pay about $50 or $60 to get rid of his wife’s claim to Dower & will have to Mortgage to that extent. He wants you to take him & keep him for the balance of his days (He is about 60) & offers to deed the property to your Community subject to the Small Mortgage mentioned.

Kindly let me know whether you are willing to take the property & keep this man & if so kindly let me know to whom to draw the Deed & what powers in Ontario your Community possess to hold Real Estate.

Sincerely Yours
Jas. O'Reilly

P.S. Murray says the property could not be sold now except at a great sacrifice but that the value will greatly improve soon owing to the fact that a grain Elevator of 500.000 bus capacity is now being constructed about 3/4 of a mile from the property. There may be something in this.

Jas. O’Reilly

Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter March 25, 1895, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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