The Journals and Letters of Mother Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, takes us back more than one hundred years to an era of our history that is rapidly being forgotten in the excitement and the eventful happenings of the present day. Through its graphic portrayal, the life of Religious in pioneer days (not only of Indiana but also of the Middle West) comes to life with clarity and vigor.
The narrative of the first voyage is told with keen observations and penetrating comment; the tale of the shipwreck in the second voyage proceeds with dramatic swiftness and intensity; the journey overland from New York through Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Frederick to Wheeling from which point the boat trip down the Ohio begins, has realistic touches which give it form and life; the privations the Sisters endured in founding a Congregation and a College in the wilderness; the courage of the Sisters under almost incredible misunderstandings; --all are told without any pleading for sympathy, but with a directness and a simplicity that are the best guarantee of truth. The Journals and Letters will prove interesting reading from beginning to end. The book will, without doubt, be an historical document of great value to those studying American pioneer life and institutions.