Box 12-133 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 16 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Bracebridge, Ontario
My dear Calvin,
I have been very busy with a great deal of correspondence in connection with Pres. work, and we are all busy as Alice's illness has continued. To-day however the doctor says she will be able to go home on Saturday. So I have been going every where trying to hear of a servant. It has upset us very much. We had hoped to have an easy Spring for the first time for many years, but there is no certainty in this life.
In a letter from Miss Dickie to Edna she says Mr. Hughes has not been well all winter and they are going to Buffalo. What are you going to do? I hope you are not running about too much, you never could stand being always on the go. And I feel you have been working hard all year. There is something the matter with this paper it seems to be greasy in spots. I am so afraid that on the strength of excitement you are overdoing yourself.
The price of the cup was $1.75 and engraving 15cts. First of all I had intended sending you the moth bags for a birthday present but was afraid your clothes might suffer so you may not receive much just at that date. They claim you can hang three suits in each one, and no camphor is required. When you take your suit off, you can put it right back in the bag, a young man told me who had used one three years. So I thought them first rate for a bachelor.
I do not know what we are going to do about summer trip. Cannot make up our minds to anything. If you go down or up the Saguenay think it would be fine for one or both the girls to go with you. Mrs. Mullin said there was quite a nice place to stay at Chicoutimi, the head of the Saguenay, but few people seemed to stay over. At the same time Edna and I must go some place and I am so helpless that if we went to Bracebridge I would need some one there to cook for us. Could you hear of anyone up there, that could cook for us? However, the girls have interrupted to say that both of them will not go with you, but one of them will go to Bracebridge with Edna and me, and one will go with you.
Mrs. Vincent is here and wants H. to go to Chicago next month, and we want her to go, but it depends on our getting a servant. I began this letter last night. Alice continues to improve. Carrie Barclay visited us to-day. We hear that 5000 names have come in already to Toronto. There is to be a mass meeting of women on the first Wednesday afternoon in Cook's church. It does not attract me at all these crowds. Must close.
Your loving mother