From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin CF 28 - February 24, 1868.

From Mme Martin to Mme Guérin

February 24, 1868

My dear sister,

We received the telegram about nine o’clock this evening. Here, at last, is the little Jeanne so longed for! May God keep her with you and may she be your joy! You wouldn’t believe how happy I’d be if I could leave with my father to go give you both a hug. I find him so privileged. I envy him, but I have to resign myself to staying because there’s no way of doing otherwise.

When I told him the good news, my father was peacefully seated in the corner by the fire smoking his pipe. He wasn’t at all determined to leave so quickly. It took all the energy I had to sway him. Finally, I succeeded, and my husband immediately went to inform my father’s maid.

I assume the baptism will take place tomorrow? Isidore must write me Wednesday morning to give me your news and that of the charming little Jeanne. As soon as you recover, I’m expecting a letter from you because you’ll give me so many more details than my brother. He doesn’t tell me half of what he should, and his letters are always too short.

© Society of St. Paul / Alba House

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