From Mme Guérin to Mme Martin - Late October 1871.

From Mme Guérin to Mme Martin - Late October 1871.

Dear Sister.

   I wanted to write to you as soon as I received your letter, but as I wasn’t yet out of bed, I decided to wait a few days before giving you better news. Today I can tell you that I have been sitting up for the last two days without however putting my foot down to walk, I will try today or tomorrow. I find I am still very well, I am in good health, if I am careful I believe I will have recovered in a few days’ time. I shall be very glad to be able to go about my business considering how long I’ve been deprived of doing so. I was very bored in bed I can assure you, but alas, all that would have been nothing if I had my poor little boy with me (little Paul, stillborn at midnight on 16th October), I would be very happy now [1 v°] But what use is it me complaining! If God took him away from me it’s assuredly for his good. He has proved to be a good father to us because he allowed this child to be baptized. The poor little one didn’t know life’s sufferings. God placed him in his beautiful Heaven straight away, I hope. All these thoughts help me be resigned, for you know what it’s like better than I, besides it is the only thing from whence we can draw strength. It is very sad for a mother to see her child be born only to see it die. It is our first trial, and I don’t need to tell you how cruel it is for us! You understood this very well. I would have been very happy to see you, but I decided to wait, for if you had found me still in bed, it wouldn’t have been very enjoyable for you, and I myself will be much happier being out of bed to welcome you.

I’m very much looking forward to your visit, you say that Léonie doesn’t want to come, so you must bring my little goddaughter (Céline). I’m sure she will have fun with her little cousins and I myself shall be very pleased to see her, for I haven’t seen her since her baptism (5th September 1869). Whatever you do, [2 r°] do not fear inconveniencing us, you will on the contrary be bringing us great pleasure.

Farewell dear sister, we send all our love to you and your little girls.

Please pass on our regards to Mr. Martin.

Your wholly devoted sister,

C. Guérin

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