LT 21 - To Marie - October 2, 1886

Saturday, October 2, six in the evening, Feast of the Holy Angels

My dear little Marie,

We just received your telegram; I'm very happy, for I believe this means that you've seen Father at Dover. He sent you a letter on Wednesday which was telling you to go there before him to­day. You can't imagine how worried we were. Céline has sent some letters to Dover and Calais "hold till called for."

The Blessed Virgin has had a candle each day, and I have prayed and begged her so much that I can't believe Father will not return today. Monsieur Pichon also sent a letter to Papa; we were not daring to open it, but Pauline told us it would be better because it may have something important inside. However, it was only that Monsieur Pichon did not know as yet the day when Father would return and that he was going to write the superior to find out.

Oh, little Marie, if you only knew how I find that what you told us is true; God is spoiling us, but you don't know what it is to be separated from a person who is loved as I love you. If you could only see all I'm thinking, but I cannot say it. It is too late, and I've written my letter in all directions because I can't see it. Dear little Godmother, I asked Pauline if the little gold-bronze bottles were used for painting in water colors. She told me "no," that these were used for painting the saints and statues. I'm telling you this so that you won't buy me any as souvenirs. I beg you not to bring me anything; this will really distress me. Léonie kisses you and also Papa.

Au revoir, beloved Marie. Kiss my dear little Papa for me.
Your true little daughter, who loves you as much as one can love,

Don't forget especially our messages and the stool for Aunt. Félicité sends her regards; she's in a delightful mood ever since you left. Aunt, Uncle, Jeanne, and Marie send their best regards. We haven't brought the telegram to Carmel as yet.

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