W-MCP2-3b.040 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 18 1931
To: Calvin McQuesten Bank of Montreal Waterloo Place London England
I am so glad you sent me the "Itinerary" so that I know where you are; so to-day you are in Paris and last Sunday you were in Rome, a good day for it, I would think. We are just going along as usual, we hear quite good reports of Edna, planning to go up on Saturday. The garden is magnificent, never saw so many roses; all the old kinds in the back have such quantities and in front too, and the rose bed very fine Oriental Poppies in great quantities. Your route is rather a puzzle but I suppose you are coming down again from York to S. England.
Poor Duncan Chisholm died yesterday, we heard St. Andrew's Society looking after him1. Holton W. called last week as usual pursuing the Soft Ball clubs, had been to Kitchener. I hope your strength is holding out and that you are not being raced to death. I think you missed some bad weather by going to Italy but you missed Ascot. I am really keeping very well, the weather very comfortable. You will find quite a bunch of letters at the Bank, I fancy. Take good care of yourself2. Have just read in Sat. H. that Saint Dunstan is buried at Canterbury3. With much love.
Your affectionate Mother
1 Duncan Chisholm was Mary's handyman, see W8817. He may have been related to James Chisholm, see W2520.
2 Calvin did the "grand tour" beginning in May 1931 but it is not known when he came home. Extant letters are from May 8 to June 18 (W7115 to W7144 and W-MCP2-3b.040). Calvin's final letter to his mother before her death is dated September 2, 1934 from Gaspe. He wrote: "Have never enjoyed a holiday more, but shall be so glad to see you again, dear little thing" (W7154).
3 Saint Dunstan, Anglo-Saxon prelate, Archbishop of Canterbury from 959.