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From sr Agnès of Jésus to Céline - Late 1886 ?

From Sister Agnès of Jesus to Céline. Late 1886?

J.M.J.T.

Jesus!

Darling petit Célin1,

Would you mind asking Miss Godard (Céline’s drawing teacher once she left boarding school in 1885) as soon as possible how to prepare the untreated canvas ready for painting. Ask whether it’s easy, and what ingredient you use for that. Our Mother (Marie de Gonzague) ordered some samples from Paris, I’m sending you one so that you can see. Don’t show it to Miss Godard but explain my question to her and come and bring me the reply quickly.

I believe that the taut canvas as it is, without finish or coating, then produces a better effect and is not liable to break which is what often happens [v°] when it is being tightened and also in transit. Once we had some come from Paris (in a roll, all prepared) that was already entirely broken in places.

I beg of you, my petit Célin, run my errand for me; if you like, simply say that I have some canvas to coat and I don’t know how to proceed.

All these wretched diversions are going to delay me in my poor painting. We find it very difficult in our cloister to obtain the assistance and information we need.

Farewell, darling little daughter, I carry you deep down in my heart. Always be very pious, and very detached from all the vanities and lies in this life and God shall bless you (I don’t dare say shall take you for his own but I’m thinking something along those lines and about hopeful things).

[v°tv] Sr. Agnès of Jesus

u.c. n.

1 Term of endearment.

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