Box 12-107 TO EDNA MCQUESTEN FROM A FRIEND IN BRACEBRIDGE
Feb 16 1915
To: Edna McQuesten
Dear Edna, 1
It seems an age since I wrote you and I see your last letters was written early in January so I guess I had better get busy. Have had little or no time for any letters on account of extra work and expect to be busy for some time yet, in connection with the library, mostly.
I don't know hardly how to start in for there seems so much I could tell. There has been plenty of excitement and doings but there never seemed to interfere with the even lend of my way very much. If something would it might make a little more variety I had a change all last week however, as mother was away and I had all the housework, cooking and library work on my hands and I had all I wanted to do. My eldest brother's wife died and was buried a week ago today. So mother and Jerry went to the funeral. It seems such a terrible blow to my brother--three children are left--a boy and two girls the eldest the boy--is 14, while the youngest is 5. Had pleural pneumonia and was only sick a week, but could not do anything for her. She was an only daughter and both her parents are still living--in fact right near her home. It was a terrible thing certainly but just seeemed as if she had to go.
I suppose your brother is quite settled by now in his new church and I hope he likes it--any church would be better than the one here any way.
I am steadily learning here about churches, and people, and you don't know how much I would give if the lord would promote me out of Bracebridge. But I guess that will come at the right time and when it does I will certainly call you in to help celebrate the occasion.
Our minister and his wife are not, I am sorry to say my ideal of a minister and minister's wife, by any means they invariably do and say the wrong thing, and you know what that means. I have every sympathy for the ministry, but where they are not suited to it it's a different thing.
Have been taking vocal lessons this winter, since the first [incomplete]
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