Undated, Fall 1903 – To Sr. Mary Gabriel, General Secretary, House of Providence, Kingston from Mother Mary Edward, St. Peter’s Convent, Trenton

Friday Morning
My dear Sr. M. Gabriel

It seems like sending coal to New Castle to send you any printed matter but I thought you might like to have a few of these. Will you give one to dear Mother Ignatius; you know she tried to convert me last summer about an other [unclear] but she did not succeed. We had a grand visit from his dear self; the Archbishop said Mass for us, took breakfast and visited the school after which he made an Episcopal Visitation all for ourselves.

We are ahead of you now. Oh I tell you we Trenton folks are up to-date. The weather has been cold but is changeable. Will you please look in the Book and find the name of a young girl, parents name and all that, who entered our Community away back over 30 years ago; she was very young and only remained a few weeks or perhaps days. She is the only one I think who ever entered from Trenton.

I hope your honored Father is better of his cold remember me to them all. If you can, be kind to the dear child that brings you this, she is a jewel; she could if she had time tell you many funny things about our little home here, where every thing makes a laugh. I do hope the Dr. will help her for she is a valuable Sister in every way.

Give my special love to Sr. M.J. de Chantal. I hope she is better.
Keep a big lot for your dear self and always think of me as your old devoted,
M.M. Edward
Notes: This letter is undated but was written from Trenton Ontario between August 21, 1902 and November 21 1904, probably in the Fall of 1903.
Source: 601.2-1-C, Sister Mary Edward collection, Correspondence series, Letter [1902-1904], Archives, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul.
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