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Feb 24 1858
To: Mary-Jane Baker [McQuesten]
From: Newmarket Ontario

Feby [sic] 24th 1858
To the Young Lady of the Parsonage
Dear Lady Mary

Here is a delightful item- a donation party - a [??]- next to [??] attain good. As you not say [???] to exceeded! I [??] may indeed. I so love donation parties. But whatever [???] may donation parties live for me.

Mrs. dear Lady Mary, I hope you and your young friends are really enjoying yourselves. But you are all very kind to him and obliging to [???] may one so strong to make [??] supply and feel most happy in [??]. If we always help this [?] how must [?] would be prevented and how much would be experienced- Now some young people when they must try thus. I am thus fearsome should by some one of these members [???] wasting every [?] his way - another is touchy and becomes over angry - another born to have and is pleased as to this - comfort this causes another to feel- another guilty, selfish does not care to follow with any thing. [?] dear lady Mary, nothing of the kind with it manifested this evening to help on your pleasure as thus of your young friends. I hope you and they much healthful, playful enjoyment, I love to see children play happily together. I used to love play myself when a child and though not now a child, yet I do love a little innocent pleasantry, this is such as never oversteps the foundaries of cautious propriety, or infringes the precepts of need.

Wishing you and your young friends much enjoyment, this evening, and thus you and they may love to [?] of attending many donation parties, and thus you may be so very useful while you live, and very happy when you die.
I am, Dear Lady Mary
Your affectionate friend [??]
[Not Rev. Baker's Signature as stated in the calendar]

[Address on Cover]
Lady Mary J. Baker
At the Mansion of Square Town

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