Sept. 25, 1891 – To Sister, Kingston ON from General Superior Sr. M. Edward, St. Vincent Convent, Holyoke MA

New House, Holyoke,
Friday Morning
Sept. 25, 1891
My Dear Sister

I am just after my breakfast and before I begin my work I will pen you these few lines. I am going on with my interviewing and although I have been at it since Tuesday Morning I have seen only 12 yet. I hope to be through by tomorrow so as to go to the Mt for Sunday. I have not seen bishop or priest yet. Dr. Beaven was here yesterday for the Confessions, but I did not see him. Today all the priests are going to Springfield to celebrate the Anniversary of the Bp consecration 21 years and I expect we will form part of the topic for general conversation. I care little if I was only out of this; but my heart is in my mouth all the time lest anything be said to me while I am in this House, and while I could not do otherwise than home for the old Home is in a terrible state of confusion yet – putting in the pipes fixing plaster and all generally that follows the fixing over of an old House. I feel that God will accept my sacrifice but otherwise I do not look for much fruit from this work for they are nearly all imbued with the Spirit of independence that will never be eradicated. Sr. M. Charles told me yesterday that she received all that the Bp of Springfield said and if he had not power he would but say so. Where did he get it I asked – just where the other man got his she said. I have always felt sore over this she said for I was told in my Novitiate that he had no authority over the Sisters on the Mission. You can see it in nearly all although all do not give it out that plain but it is there. Sr. M. Andrew did not want to hear it spoken of much less speak of it; but I made her listen to what I had to say which she did as silently as the babe. Sister Mary of the Cross is getting on I believe just as she was at home. I had one scene with Sr. M. I. Conception but I expect another soon. I advised her to write to the Archbishop and ask for a dispensation but I fear she has been put off for Sr. M. Leonard and herself have had a few private chats since then – poor Sr. M. Leonard is as silly as ever and can be led by the other one like a child. Well I will do my duty. I will advise and that is all I will attempt. I am not nearly as uneasy about the letter to the Sec of Propaganda as I was for the Sisters who did not write me told me that he told them they need not obey me that he would protect them and I really think they thought they were free entirely so from our Community. I wish you would tell me in the next letter if the letter for Sr. M. Angela from Sr. M Angel Guardian was in an envelop directed to her or was it enclosed in one for me – the letters from here, have I feel been tampered with. Sr. M.A.G. says her letter to Sr. M. Angela was in an envelope to itself.

Do not worry dear Sister about me I am all right. I had a fairly good sleep last night and feel, thank God, well. I will write you again tomorrow. I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Do not fret about this, it is no use and whatever comes must be borne. I see by the papers that His Grace has Company.

Your Most Aff.
Sister M E
Notes: The original letter is undated, but is marked Friday Morning.
Source: 105.6-C, Mother Mary Edward General Superior sous-fonds, Correspondence series, Letter undated [September 25, 1891], Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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