[The complete letter from Charles Gordon is in the Whitehern Archive #7439]W5119 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 26 1903 Saturday 5:20 [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Toronto, Ontario
Uncle C. [Calvin] has just dropped in enclosed letter. You will excuse me for opening it, as I knew it was from Chas. Gordon by postmark, I was curious to see what he had to say.1 With much love.
1 On September 21, Rev. Charles W. Gordon replied to Calvin's inquiry about taking a mission in the West:
I am very sorry to hear of your threatened breakdown, and wish to offer you my earnest sympathy in your trouble. I am not sure whether you would like our work, or whether you would be fitted for it, or whether it would be the thing that would be best for you, but on the whole I feel like recommending you to try it. With this thought in mind I shall give your name to our Committee here, and I think there is reasonable ground to hope that you may be appointed to a mission field in the West. With very kind regards, and wishing you complete recovery and a congenial sphere of labour. Kind regards to your mother. (W7439)
For Charles William Gordon (Ralph Connor), see W5359.