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Box 12-653 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 18 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Bracebridge, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

My dear Calvin,

Monday was certainly a fearful day and I do not wonder you only wrote a short letter. Before I forget, Mrs. Turnbull was in yesterday looking for some place to go this summer that is for herelf and Connie. I happened to mention Cap a L'Aigle, and said I would ask you. It has occurred to me that it would be hilly and that would not do Connie at all, but perhaps you are taken up the hill from the boat and it may be level when you are up. What are you to pay for board. It would probably be rather too dull for them. Connie likes a little company, I think young people.

I was busy yesterday arranging for Miss Perott's wedding. She feels very weak, but the man was anxious to get her home and out of the city. So I saw Mr. Ketchen and they are to be married in our vestry, at seven o'clock this evening. I sent her some tonic, her white kid gloves and a pudding dish and we'll put some flowers in the vestry and go up to the wedding. For Ruby's sake I wanted to do what I could.

It was quite provoking that you were a little soon for the flowers, we have had some wonderful peonies, and wonderful roses coming out all the time. Mr. Ketchen gave a fine sermon on Sabbath morning on the hills and valleys. There was an auto load of men from Guelph hearing him, on the lookout for a minister.

The time is flying, H. leaves Toronto at 7 o'clock on Wednesday evening, leaving Montreal a 8:45 next morning for the steamer. I always dread these leavings. To-day the great Barnum Circus is here, M. & E. saw a very fine show, great crowds. Tom has come home to dinner with the good new that the authorities at Ottawa decided against the Stand-pipe which T.H. & B. has been determined to erect on Hunter St. The City Solicitor declared he had not time to go down and sent a young chap Morgan out of his office. When Tom instructed he drew up a paper for him and told him to get it into his head. He is a son of the former Collegiate teacher, and quite a sharp chap, so he came back delighted with himself, he was opposed by Soule of Cahill & Soule, who is not a very quick fellow. They proposed to Tom to go and would pay his expenses, but he would not unless they would give him a fee. Well, I must close, with much love.

Your affectionate mother

[M. B. McQesten]

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