CORRESPONDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE THEIR FULL NAME AND ADDRESS ON ALL LETTERS TO CONVICTS
DATE: August 26, 1934
[stamp of the KINGSTON PENITENTIARY-CENSOR No. 1 - AUG. 27, 1934]
[stamp of the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE-REMISSION BRANCH-AUG. 28, 1934]
With great confidence, I come to implore you for my freedom. I know that you have promised me for the year 1935, but it seems to me that if you consider my good behaviour and my health, after suffering from two cancers - and presently I still suffer from pains that may later reveal others, and which make me feel so edgy that I must be placed in the hospital nearly a month.
You can take my word for it - I feel incapable of enduring this confinement much longer. I have a good place to go - one of my relatives who is ready to keep me until I recover my health. She has a room ready that is waiting for me. If you wish, make inquiries by contacting Madame Joséphine Lapointe, 3722, St. Denis, Montreal.
It seems to me that, after having done my best to obey the rules, I deserve these few months before 1935. I have been promised many times since your last visit but I am still waiting, which makes my life very miserable.
I am counting on your kindness to pardon me so that I can see my children and my aging father again before I pass away.
In thinking of God, who is ready to pardon those who make mistakes, why would you not pardon someone who would appreciate it so much? If, by misfortune, I were refused, I don't know what would become of me. I will never be able to endure another refusal, but if my plea is accepted, I will thank you for it.
Your obedient servant,
Madame Mary Houde
Source: ANC, , RG 13, Box 1507, File Houde Marie-Anne, vol. 1, part. 1, Marie-Anne Houde, Lettre de Marie-Anne Houde au Ministre de la Justice, August 26, 1934, 1.
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