Box 12-026 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 11 1916 [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Buckingham, Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
Your letter was most interesting and we were very pleased to hear of your having the Ladies'Aid at the Manse. As I have said before, it is a great satisfaction for us all, that you are able to entertain a little at the Manse and I am sure will please the church ladies very much. I am sorry if you were really disappointed at not seeing Edna, I thought you would be relieved, but it was really too early, the cold weather has not gone and the roads must be bad for walking, tho' of course you have the pavements. I would think you would suffer for taking off double-windows so soon, ours are not off yet. It would be too hard on the coal. I am sure the re-arrangement of the bed-room furniture will be an improvement. H.[Hilda] says remember the cot bed with a mattrass [sic] in the large room upstairs belongs to us, not the Cornett's. H. is hoping you have put sewing machine well to the front; she always had designs you know. I wish we could get glass renewed in uncle's bureau. I was wondering if it would pay to get it up here; but Jean Maclaren says that place we took the chair is the dearest place in Ottawa. All work done is fearfully high now, and we hear that sugar will soon be 10 cts. a lb. it is 8 1/2 now. We are going to get a barrel. The price of living is really terrible, ordinary lamb (not Spring) 35 cts a lb. Beef 25. I hope it is cheaper with you. I saw Louis Eager yesterday, he was inquiring very particularly for you. Heard from Mary, she is not coming back till Tuesday, which will be nearly too weeks.
This week a communication came to Joe Thomson from Rev. Joshua Kharmis from Tabriz Persia, with a list of names of those who had subscribed when he was here some time, giving of course an account of their terrible sufferings and begging for help. Joe had the letter type written with one from himself and sent round besides putting it in all the papers. But I remembered warnings given us in the Presbyterian against these Orientals, so I wrote Mr. Armstrong. He told me on no account to trust any of these Orientals except Mr. Eshoo. There are 150 of them in North America with so-called credentials and Mr. Speer says, you may as well put your money in the sea, they are all imposters, they have had nine of them in the police-courts and found the proofs upon them. I at once phoned Joe to warn him and he said, they had made all inquires and shut-off the phone with the rudest curtness. The Thomsons are always taken by these wandering people, anything in fact but our own missions. Mr. Armstrong sent me the address of the Relief Committee in New York which up to Xmas had sent $250,000 to these unfortunate Armenians. One is bewildered with all the calls they are making special call here for the French, it is said there are a million wounded in France. They have made such a wonderful stand too. If they had not, where would we be? The government at Ottawa is in a fine place now. Why those fellows should be punished as severely as men in league with the Germans. It makes one boil to think that [they] will not be sent to gaol, as of course given they will not. I hear the New York Times has give them a scathing article. Borden seems to have been a miserable tool.
Your letters are written on a Friday, but they do not reach us till Monday. Time is flying. Good Friday next week and our Prov. Annual at London on first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of May. Well, I must close now, take good care of yourself. With love from all.
Your affectionate mother