Box 12-140 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 1 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Bracebridge, Ontario
My dearest Calvin,
I am ashamed to say, I quite forgot about the ring. Am going to Dunnville to-morrow, but on Thursday will see to it without fail. I was just going to insist that you write Dr. Parfitt when I see you expect to be in Gravenhurst but if you are not going to speak at the Minnewaska, I would not tire yourself walking over there to speak to Dr. P. You would not see him in the afternoon there anyway.
We have no idea what to do in the holidays, Edna is in great difficulty. Tom proposes that I go across the ocean with him in August but he can only take a month and I do not feel up to a long trip this summer. I would like Hilda to go. But what to do with Edna is always the trouble, she never wants to go to large resorts, and would not cross the ocean. She would like to go to Chippawa for part of the summer, as she gets tired of being too long at Bracebridge. You see either Hilda or I have to be with her. It is a great trial, for I am afraid she can never cross the ocean. But it seems to me some of the girls ought to go with you, none of them has gone down the St. Lawrence.
What do you think of my plan of letting the congregation go to the other churches instead of getting a supply for conference Sunday? It is fine to think that your sermons are being appreciated, I am sure they are excellent. The next thing that is being proposed is to erect a tombstone for Dr. Fletcher. Mrs. Turner spoke to Mrs. Mullin and she came to me. He is buried in the new part and of course there is no monument at all, as no one in the family was buried. Did I tell you of Mr. Chisholm losing his fine Celtic Cross monument by the windstorm? after bringing it out from Scotland. Called on Mrs. Shaw Monday. She was inquiring for you. Hope is [?] 3 and weighs 190 lbs., for which they are most thankful, as he was in very poor health for awhile. You would notice poor old Mrs. Telfer's death. Her age is not given. Between Huntsville and Gravenhurst, you are going to be on the run. It is too bad Mary did not pay for that Times when she ordered it and have it charged to you. Well, I must close, very thankful indeed to know you are so well.
With much love.
Your affectionate mother
[P.S.] You must excuse me using odd lines of stationary, am very sorry I neglected to send you papers with Ross case. Am afraid there is nothing new.