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Box 12-478 TO REV. CALVIN MQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 15 1910 [approximate date] 1
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst, Saskatchewan
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton, Ontario

My dearest Calvin,

Just a few lines to say, the family arrived in safety last evening. Ruby was feeling finely and was delighted with the new abode.2 Although every one had made strenuous exertions we were not quite in order at the cottage. The painters had got all done, except hall paper and it is [a] very nice looking little place, Hilda was quite charmed. By the way your letter to her arrived just this morning and Edna took it up with various things for their dinner. It is quite a business arranging for two households. Thank you too for my birthday letter; yes indeed we are all very comfortable together but the trying time will be when this house has to be divided. Dr. Parfitt took a more encouraging view of R. before she left. You must excuse a short letter, for I have had so much trotting to do, that I have not had a minute. All morning have been running after various things and must now out again to see a washwoman and go up to the mountain. You will be very busy too. Hope you will manage without much trouble. I am very tired of houses. We got $12.00 for awning and windows. With fondest love.

Your mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] Very glad you got pictures of shack, wanted to see it.

[Enclosure: Ednas's letter to Calvin, Box 12-476, from Whitehern, October 15, 1910]

My dear Cal.,

We arrived home yesterday and this morning I went up to see the cottage. It is very nice and has such pretty wall-papers. Hilda received her letter and was greatly pleased. Last night after tea I had a bath and it seemed very enjoyable, the first in four months in a bath. I had a letter from Lorna Slater to-day. Jimmy has a splendid position in Marshal Well's at Edmonton not in Calgary. They had expected to be there. She had Ralph in to tea and greatly enjoyed seeing someone from Hamilton. Try and go to see her. This is the address, 716 Twenty-First St. Oh I forgot you're in Sask.! I'm very absent-minded.

Yours lovingly, Edna.

1 Letter has likely been dated accurately on the basis of the enclosed letter from Edna, which is dated October 15, 1910.

2 Ruby has been moved from the sanitorium at Muskoka to a cottage on the Hamilton mountain so as to be close to her family. She died of tuberculosis on April 9, 1911. For more on Ruby and her illness, see W6135, W9058.

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