Box 12-035 REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 21 1916 Good Friday
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Buckingham, Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
Your letter came this morning and I was greatly please to hear you were going to humour your fidgety old mother. It does seem too bad to take up your time coming so far, when you are feeling so well, but still I am sure, after the winter it will do you good to have a rest off from the church for awhile, I hope you can arrange for supply, you did not say. Last year Mr. Ketchen did not go to Atlantic City in March, as thanks to Mr. Turnbull's cheque he had done before and he broke down and had an illness, so this year he went; and when H.[Hilda] went down last May, she said you were "off your feed," so I thought it would be well for you to have a change and keep yourself up. This week we have been enjoying "Travelogues." They ran for eight weeks, and hundreds were turned away. They are the most beautiful moving pictures of various countries with a description commentary by Mr. Roberson [sic] which is very amusing and entertaining. They are held in the Roller Skating Rink on James near Bold, so it is very convenient for us and Edna has gone three nights (only 25 cts.) and it has done her a world of good. Monday we saw "England at War," next "England at Peace," beautiful beyond description, Belgium and Holland, the girls saw, then last night we saw the Mediterranean shores, beginning at the Madeira Island going on to the Dardanelles. He showed scenes in Spain, Southern France and Italy, Egypt. Perfectly wonderful. It is to be repeated next week and "England at Peace" too, so you must see them, the latter will be on the Saturday night, hope you will be in time for Mediterranean, but cannot just remember the day.
Have just received your telegram, it was very thoughtful of you to send it, as we would not have received your letter to-day if H. had not gone to P.O. and asked for it, the Ottawa reaches here about ten, but only one delivery to-day. Do not be in a hurry to sow seeds earth is too cold, and if you dig while it is wet, it cakes. Am enclosing a bill to help your expenses, do not like to risk more in a letter. I am not going to let you pay for my nervousness and hope I am not bothering you too much. With much love from all.
Your affectionate mother