Nov. 1891 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Sr. M. Leonard, Holyoke MA

House of Providence,
Monday Morning
Nov. 1891
Very dear Rev. Mother,

Although I do not feel much like writing still I consider it a duty to do so, in order to give you some idea of Sr. M. Immaculate’s case.

Since you were here things appeared to go on quietly. Each one seemed to be watching herself, lest she should do, or say anything that might cause her to be brought into any trouble, but I notice that Sr. M. Immaculate was even more particular in this respect than the rest. Sr. M. Berchmans was the only one who came out with a few remarks on a few occasions saying that she had her trunk packed & was only waiting for the day. But what was our surprise on Friday night after the exercise when the Sup. began to storm and rage, part of the time appearing to know scarcely what she said. Yet there was very little to it. She went on in this strain that she began to know on what side the Sisters were, & that they might not be in such a hurry away; that if they were they might be helped out sooner than they expected, & that they would get enough to eat & drink while they were here etc.

But when Bevin came Saturday night & made his announcement you may imagine how shocked we were.

I hope that Sr. M.I. will be taken home, or they may put her out on the street. Truly I know not when or where they will stop. I wish I could go home with her. I suppose it would cause no trouble, as I am an invalid. But there is one thing I would like to stay for & that is that Sr. M. Berchmans, might come with me as she is inclined that way now, but I know not for how long, as she is so changeable & if I were gone, there might be no one else to think of going & I imagine she would not have courage to withstand them as they would persuade her.

Hoping soon to hear from you I am dear Rev. Mother in the Sorrowful H. of JesusVery Sincerely Yours
Sister M. Leonard
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter November 1891, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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