Box 12-069 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 21 1915
To: Calvin McQuesten Buckingham, Quebec
My dear Calvin,
To-day we went down to look at stair carpets, but there was nothing in the carpets I specially admired even at $2.00 a yard; but Hilda and I really liked better, what is called "Crex" a kind of matting and at Souter's there was an extremely neat pattern in green at 50 cts. a yard and stair rods $1.50 a doz. But if you were anxious to have carpet, we can leave it and when we are in Toronto look for it or wait till their new stock comes in, early in April. Let us know what you think about it.
We had our Annual meeting last night, there was no deficit and we are entirely out of debt, and the mission funds were in excess of last year. Mr. Chisholm told us, that Donald McLellan at his death left $28,000 to Knox College after Mrs. McLellan's decease, and Dr. Scott left $10,000 to be divided between Knox H.[Home] and F.[Foreign] Missions and Aged and Infirm M., so at Mrs. Scott's death you will see what a fine sum came to Knox Coll. Very welcome I am sure. When I was in Toronto, heard Knox Church ladies were having great trouble to raise the money promised for furnishing.
In the [Alexandra] Arcade1 window here is a shell sent out by Rev. T. L. Turnbull, one of those fired into Whitby by those villainous Germans. We are preparing for our Presbyterial next week. I am expecting Mrs. Dey of Simcoe to stay with us. Mary's hard wood floor is beautiful and the old carpet has made beautiful rugs. It is very pleasant indeed to be driven by wealthy parishioners. It was fortunate you had your snow shoes and able to use them. I was wondering if you thought it worth while to go into the funerals of Dr. M. and Dr. A., quite remarkable their dying on same day. I always liked Dr. Moore. Must close now, with fondest love.
Your affectionate mother
1 For more on the Alexandra Arcade, see W1652.