Nov. 24, 1890 – To Sir John Tompson, Minister of Justice from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON

House of Providence, Kingston
Nov. 24, 1890
Sir John Thompson,
Minister of Justice
Honourable and dear Sir:

We beg to solicit your kind interest in favor of some improvements we are making at our Institution. The number of Aged, poor, infirm and Orphans whom we shelter has so greatly increased during the past two years that now it becomes an imperative necessity for us to build a new addition in order to give these destitute creatures a home. The undertaking is far beyond what the present state of our Finances will allow and unless we can be aided by some kind and generous benefactor the work cannot be commenced.

We were hopeful of obtaining some stone for the Building from the Penitentiary Quarry and applied to Dr. Lavelee, but he suggested (as it was not in his power) that we present our need to the Department of Justice. It seems unnecessary to use any argument as we feel a certain confidence that if possible you will favor us. Needless to say that we will appreciate the kindness with heartfelt, for all our ambition is directed towards improving this Home for the Poor and those who co-operate in the work are readily forgotten.

Hoping that our very earnest appeal will receive a favorable response.

We have the honour to be Your Very respectful and humble Servants
Sisters of Charity
per Sister Mary Edward, Sup. Gen.
Source: 105-C, General Superior's fonds, Correspondence series, Copybook, p. 127, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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