Box 04-084 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 7 1910
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten [Context suggests that Calvin is travelling]
My dearest Calvin,
It is very sad about the King isn't it? It was such a terribly sudden thing we had scarcely heard of his illness when he was gone. Mrs. Mullin was in and she said she was going down in a car last evening with a lot of people on their way to the Cathedral to engage in special prayer, when a man came in with the news he was dead.
Well, I got back from Toronto Thursday evening thoroughly tired of meetings, we had so many extra Board meetings over this Tentative Constitution, that we were all tired out, we got our way in some things but not in all.1 Miss Crombie was proposed for one of the secretaries but refused.
The church is very handsome, but very bad for hearing. Saw Dr. McTavish who inquired for all. Mrs. Chas. Gordon was there, a very pleasant little lady and Mrs. Kilpatrick too. Mrs. McCrae of Guelph gave the memorial address on Mrs. McLaren. Came home on same train with Mrs. Fletcher, she told me of Mrs. McCurdy's death up at Kirkton, whilst Mr. McC. was in the hospital, Toronto recovering from an operation. Mrs. Dickson's mother (Mrs. Flett) died last week, quite suddenly following a stroke; very hard for poor Mrs. Dickson.
I found Edna in the best of health and spirits when I returned, she had been very busy in many ways. Mary and she had taken a drive to Dundas and the fine sunny weather had cheered her up. The flowering prune is just a sight beside the bridal wreath and the clusters of tulips are so pretty.
You will read the news of the Chipman marriage, it may all be very well just now, but it was not a right thing. Have not heard if Dr. Parfitt knew of it or what he thinks. Ruby seems to be enjoying the change, glad the veranda is so comfortable; think she must surely be the better of the improved diet. Tom is plugging away at exam papers and painting, has got to the floor now. We're afraid it is going to rain again, have had a lovely week since Monday, when it poured, thundered and lightened just when we were beginning our meeting at Knox Church, for we started with a Board meeting on Monday. I opened John McQ.'s letter, as I thought you would like me to do. I wonder if he got the paper or programme whichever you sent.
Was busy buying eggs at the market this morning, bought 24 doz. to send up to Gravenhurst. Received your cards from Chicago, Minneapolis and Winnipeg. Will probably hear from you on Monday. Hope you found everything in good shape. With much love from all, and best love from your loving mother.
M. B. McQuesten
1 This refers to the early stages of the "gender conflict" between the all-male FMC and the WFMS in which the women felt that they were being coerced into uniting with the WHMS (Women's Home Missionary Society) to form the WMS, which finally occurred in 1914. See W6336, W9180.
Another gender conflict had occurred between Dr. John Wilkie, a missionary leader in India, and the female missionaries, which also involved the women's missionary society (WFMS). For details see, W4651.