Box 12-159 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from T. M. Robinson
Apr 18 1913
To: Reverend Calvin McQuesten Bracebridge, Ontario
From: Daisy Island College, Muskoka Bay, P.O. Box 186, Gravenhurst, Ontario
Dear Rev. McQuesten,
I am impelled to write you a line or two expressing in a more definite manner the pleasure that my wife and I received last night from your sympathetic rendering of a number of Drummond's Habitant Poems and of your feeling sketch of the poet's life.1 It is seldom that my feelings have been so deeply stirred as they were on that occasion owing no doubt to the fact that you struck a chord in me that responded to your touch. As I mentioned last night I believe I passed sometime in the village of Tracadie, New Brunswick where I still have a number of relatives with whom French is their native tongue. I was a boy at that time and at a very impressionable age and still retain the impressions received then, when I considered the life there as the nearest to ideal condition.
Of course I am familiar with the most of Dr. Drummond's works but have never before had an opportunity of hearing them well read and must thank you again for the pleasure of last evening on both my wife's account and on my own and hope to meet you again before long and remain
T. M. Robinson
1 For more on Calvin's readings of French Canadian Habitant poetry, see, Dr. Drummond's poetry. Calvin developed the ability to imitate Dr. Drummond's "Habitant" poems and did so publicly on several occasions. See W4559, Box 12-159, W-MCP2-3b.060, Box 03-188, Box 03-188a, Box 06-246, Box 03-243.
See Also French Canadian Poem by Joe Picard, pen name for Charles S. FitzSimon and FitzSimon's biography, Box 03-241.