Box 12-692 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 17 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Bracebridge, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
I do not quite see what your friend Davidson can have to do with Mrs. Wilson. I thought I had mentioned she was a daughter of late Prof. Caven. Her husband spoke on Foreign Mission night at Gen. Ass. and is the Principal of our Theological Seminary at Indore. Mrs. Inkster and Mrs. Ratcliffe both asked me when I was at St. Catharine's on Wednesday if you would like to come to Haynes Ave, for they have no one and liked you so much, but I said, you would not think it fair to leave your present charge, but I wished they would call Mr. McKerracher only you would miss him so terribly. Do not think Haynes Ave would be so very desirable. Mrs. Hodgetts, with whom I stayed, is a daughter of late Mr. Clark of Copp Clark & Co; she & her husband were old members of Northern Cong. [Congregation] Church, they have a nice home and I enjoyed my day there very much. They say a great many thought there was no need of Haynes Ave. Church at all but Mrs. John McCalla has worked hard to keep it up.
It is raining to-day and very mild. Blanche Mackay was here for tea and she, Mary and Mattie have gone to a piano recital. Mrs. Hodgetts told me, Mrs. Inkster had only been married about three years when her husband took ill of appendicitis and died, she has a little boy of eight, but was left comfortably off; she looked so young and pretty, I admire her so much Mr. & Mrs. R. took tea with us at Mrs. Hodgett's after the meeting. Mrs. R. said, you came in and at once seemed just like one of themselves.
Mr. H. wishes so much a position could be found for Mr. Ratcliffe in some of the church offices, they like him and he preaches a good sermon, but there is so much discontent it is just simply that now-a-days people want a change. With much love.
[M. B. McQuesten]