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From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 55 - May 1, 1870.


From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

May 1, 1870

… I’m bringing little Céline home the 21st of this month. I went to see her the Tuesday of Easter week, and I noticed the wet nurse is hardly breastfeeding her any more. She’s giving her food that is too coarse. She’s boiling a big piece of bread in milk. The poor little one took two or three spoonfuls of this in front of me, and she couldn’t swallow it.

Well, there’s nothing better to do, I believe, than bring her home as quickly as possible. What misery to have to send one’s children to the country. So I don’t want to hear about it anymore. I’ve definitely decided to care for the baby who’s coming in August (Mélanie-Thérèse). What upsets me is that I’ve gone so long without seeing you, and this will keep me from being godmother. I’ve been looking forward to that so much.

Thank you a thousand times for the beautiful dress you sent me for little Céline. I’m going to make her a little matching hat. She’ll be as beautiful as a love.

I took my little girls back to Le Mans on Friday (Marie and Pauline) ; their aunt is doing very well. She wanted to know all about you and asked me to give you her kindest regards. Marie received the Cross of Excellence again this term. I’ve really been deprived of my two oldest girls. You can’t imagine what it costs me to send them away, but we have to learn to make sacrifices for their happiness.

 © Society of St. Paul / Alba House

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