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Box 04-101 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 17 1924
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Foote's Bay, Muskoka, Ontario
My dear Calvin,
We arrived here from London on Friday evening after resting there for three days,in which we took one day to motor to Windsor. The road was so smooth and car so good, that we were able to motor thro' Oxford and Eton on to Stratford on Avon--212 miles. We had a fine view of every thing at W. Castle but I felt too tired, even if time permitted to go round Oxford-40 Colleges. There is no use going into these places unless there is lots of time. So we were able to go around Anne Hathaway's Cottage and the church, most interesting. On our way here we stopped at Cambridge. Very beautiful buildings and the Chapels and Dining rooms filled with Statuary and paintings, almost too much for one's brain to take in. Then we stopped off at Ely just to see the Cathedral, one, if not the most beautiful we have seen. I hope by aid of the cards to give a little idea. We took our lunch at Cambridge, and a cup of tea at Ely Station enabled us to push on here.
This Inn is delightfully quiet and I have got so used to strange beds that I sleep very well. In the afternoon yesterday took a short drive round the town and saw round Cathedral; it is an enormous structure like all the others but not interesting, tho' the guides enlarge on very trifling things (to me), but antiquarian would be interested doubtless. At London we invited Florrie Bell with her family to afternoon tea at the Grand, very nice lads and Mr. Barton a quiet pleasant man. I was glad to be able to do this for Mrs. Bell's sake, and it was a day I wished to rest. To-morrow we go to Durham and York by night and so on up to Edinboro' by Thursday 21st. Letters are to be forwarded there. We are to stay at the Waverley. We have been shown Queen Elizabeth's bed chamber. Hope you are taking good care of yourself. Will write M. too as this may be too late for Foote's Bay.
Your affectionate Mother
M. B. McQuesten