Box 12-092 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Feb 5 1915
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Buckingham, Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
I wonder if you have been buried in snow like we were on Tuesday. I was to go to Toronto on Tuesday morning and made my way over to the station at 8:30, but found it snowing and drifting so greatly that I consulted the ticket agent and he advised me not to go, so I telephoned and our meeting was put off till yesterday, which was a beautiful day. I had intended to look round at stair carpets, just to satisfy my mind, for I fancy you do not care to have all the stair covered which matting. Will do, but I had no time. Hilda is going down to visit Mary Taylor next month and she can look. We are very busy at our Prov. Board planning for the Annual Meeting in May, which is to be held here; just fancy what we will have to go through. There will be just swarms of women. I am getting thoroughly tired of planning missionary meetings. We are now trying a new maid, a very decent widow, who is quite smart about her work, but not yet a very good cook, but we think she can learn. Yesterday we had the news that Miss Bessie McMurchy had left for Paris to be a nurse, so poor Mrs. Steele will be greatly upset, she was her right hand, Cor. Sec.
We have not had your letter yet. You will see by the Globe that Col. Logie is in Toronto, so they are quite busy at the office. How do the bed-rooms at the Manse compare with one at Bracebridge? Are they larger? Carpets are still selling off. Tom has just brought home that remarkable bulb, which grows without earth or water, he had it at the office, but when the flower opened, which is very like a jack-in-the-pulpit with a very long centre rising up, the odour cost such a commotion, that it was driven out, but it is certainly a great curiosity. No news just now. Must close to catch post. Hope you are keeping free from colds & comfortable and getting on nicely. Love from all.
Your loving mother