Oct. 29, 1891 – To General Superior Sr. M. Edward, Kingston ON from Sr. M. Ignatius, Holyoke MA

House of Providence,
Mt. St. Vincent
Oct. 29, 1891
Dear Rev. Mother,

I received the Corporation papers all safe also your ever welcome letter. I was very much pleased to know that your interview with his Grace was a consolation to you. But he will never know what his Commands made you suffer; certainly I feel and many a time have asked myself how could you go through so much. I have tried to get the table cover such as you wished but cannot; the Mill where it was made has been burned down. It is only in the Marble Block they keep goods of that kind and it comes only a yard and a half. They have promised if possible to get some from Boston in a sales house there but say it might be three weeks before it can be procured. They had other prices but poorer quality and did not look nearly as nice as what you saw in the house in Holyoke. I heard nothing of the Commission yet how much longer it is to be left on us, must be a secret. But I must tell you what I did hear that they are not going to wait here for Rome to decide that the Novitiate will be opened on the 8th of December; also that this Loan from the Mother House in Kingston was taken from there without the knowledge of the Bishop of Kingston; for this reason you would have some trouble to get it back. It is from Srs. M. Leonard and Im. Con. I heard all this and I thought it better to tell you.

Since I began to write we have had a visit from the Monsignor. He is giving a Triduum in St. Jerome’s parish. Father Haffey drove out with him; he visited the house and gave us the Papal Benediction. He said we had a nice house and well kept.

There was a great turn out of Sisters came on Saturday to spend the day with us, and an invitation extended to all for a visit to the City next Saturday; but I said there were so many visits made during the Summer I thought they had better not go now. I know there will be great indignation against me on this account but I won’t mind.

Hoping to hear from you soon.
In the Loving Heart of Jesus, Most Affectionately
Sister M. Ignatius
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter October 29, 1891, Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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