Box 12-504 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 22 1910
To: Calvin McQuesten [716 Twenty-first St. Edmonton, Alberta]
My dearest Calvin,
Tom has just brought in your telegram and I feel glad you have the opportunity to try it till January. For if you see, the work is going to be too heavy for you, you can just leave it. What we all feel about it is, that you would have no friends of your own age or tastes here, and every thing seems to attract you so much there. As you have the opportunity you could try life in a Western City and come East later. Then just now R. [Ruby] is as well as she has been for some time or may be, and if she grows worse there would be the time for you to come.1 I was up at the cottage this morning and R. said not to come home for her and they both (H. & she) thought it was a fine opening and congregation, here so unattractive. I just had time to read Ruby one sermon, so I will keep them till after Sabbath before returning. Am sending Mary right up to tell Mr. Ketchen.
It is disappointing about Christmas, but with Ruby and Hilda up at the Cottage it cannot be the day it used to be; in fact I try not to think about it, for life is made up of change. Edna has just been out and got weighed and came in jubilant because she has reached 140 1/2 lbs., of course with winter coat on.
Old Dr. Arnott never saw R. before and is much struck, thinks her such a beautiful girl. So many send her things and come to see her. Grace Rioch had the florist send her a dozen beautiful roses. Mrs. Geo. Lynch-Stanton sent her chrysanthemums, Mrs. Walker sends her roses quite often, Mrs. McDonald an [sic] Hattie Hope too. Ernest Bruce sent her a beautiful plant of yellow and Mrs. Lyle pink chrysanthemums. The cottage is really perfect I feel disappointed you cannot see the arrangements such pretty papers on the walls, matting on floors and Electric light to make it bright.
As I was saying to Tom, I cannot be thankful enough that God has so wonderfully provided the means for me to do every thing possible for my sick children. If I had millions, I could not do more for R. than I am doing. Aleck English you know, drove the ambulance; and Mary and he were up afterwards and saw R. could not see the view of the city without sitting up in bed, so he made arrangements of wood and brought them to raise the bed, so each foot sits on a block and she can see to the Beach. So many people walk up there, it is never dull. Mr. Chisholm had a pair of partridges sent him, and sent her one, supplies them with apples, comes in to see her too; and Lizzie C. is great company for them.
Well, I must send the British Weekly out to you and such of back numbers as interesting. It seems to me your best suit is here, but I will wait till I hear from you. I am so glad to think you have fallen among friends, it makes such a difference to have even a few really feminine friends like Lorna. Be sure and spare yourself. May God bless you.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Love to Lorna & her husband.
1 Calvin was very close to his sister Ruby, who was suffering from tuberculosis. The family had rented a cottage on the Hamilton Mountain brow for her so that she could have a quiet, restful place to live but remain near the family. She died there on April 9, 1911. See W6135 for more details.