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Box 12-549 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Helen [Gartshore]
Dec 4 1910
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten 449-9th St. Edmonton, Alberta
From: 'Willow Bank' Eglinton, Ontario

Dear Calvin,

I was so very glad to see in the papers you sent of your appointment to First Church, Edmonton, though I was disappointed it was so far away. At the first reading, I somehow or other made the mistake of thinking it was Hamilton. I thought how lovely it would be for your family to have you at home with them. They told me you spoke of coming East & I suppose I jumped at conclusions. However I am awfully glad of your success.

I hope you will be very happy in your work there & a blessing to the people among whom you work. Father says Mr. McQueen is a fine old man, that he has heard of First Church as a very nice church. When do you take up your duties there & are you coming east first? If so I hope we'll see you, though I've no doubt you'll want to be at home as much as possible. I suppose you heard I spent a night in the woodshed on my way down from Sandy Point, Muskoka. It was lovely to see them all again though very sad to see them at Gravenhurst.

Ruby was so sweet & patient & so interested in seeing me, hearing all sorts of little things. It is hard for any one who is well to realize how monotonous it must be to be always on your back, to see nothing but what comes to you, & yet people are so patient & cheerful. I haven't seen them since they came home & I'm sorry to say, I haven't written either. I seem to have had so much to think of that it has been hard to collect my thoughts to write any letters except those that were strictly necessary. The climax came yesterday when we had a real live wedding. A cousin of mine came out from England last January & his fiancee arrived two weeks ago & they were married from this house yesterday. There seemed to be such a lot to arrange & plan for as I am housekeeper, not used to such designation. We hadn't many guests as she didn't know anyone here. So we just had a few who Charlie knew really well. Mrs. Stevenson, & Syd were here among others. Every thing went off very well & the decorations looked lovely, though of course that won't interest you, being a man. I am back in the Mendelssohn choir again, working hard & enjoying it as much as ever. Plans are being made for a trip to New York & Boston next year, which is to be quite a tour, so we are not going anywhere this year. Before I close I must tell you how very pleased Sydney (our Sydney) was with the news of your appointment. He went around telling everyone about it as if it was a very important piece of news, as of course it is. He is as sweet as ever although an ardent follower of Varsity football. This house (all except mother & me) went mad the week of the Varsity match. I think I must close now and with very best wishes for everything.

Your old friend

Helen [Gartshore]

1 Although letter is unsigned it is likely from Helen Gartshore who lived at "Willow Bank" Eglinton St., Toronto. See W4815n.

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