W5313 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 13 1904
To: Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
My dearest Calvin.
Your letter from King Edward Hotel Banff reached us on Saturday. It was certainly wonderful how many people you met, and how the various ones combined to entertain you so kindly. It makes such a difference when one is traveling to meet with friends who know the ways and it is always a help to the pocket. I am so glad that you are having this trip before you return.
Tom has most providentially come in for a good thing, so it seems. On Sunday going into Church Mr. Chisholm told us he had had a message from Mr. Gibson, that they were wanting a man on military survey at $75 month. It is just close by too in Niagara District, so Tom telephoned to Mr. Ballantine, if he could let him off for a month, which he did and he thought he could catch up in lectures at Osgoode, as $75 seemed too much to miss. So he starts off to-morrow. Unfortunately he has not looked up any rooms, he thought there was plenty of time and then too you spoke to him of Murray St. & he does not want to go in that direction. He was wondering if you chose that that he might be near Osgoode. Because he prefers near Young St.
I have not heard from you why you do not go to Knox, it would be so very much cheaper I think, and though I should prefer to have you & Tom together, still you will have to consult economy because I am afraid everything will be high this year and I want you to have as good food as you can and a comfortable warm room. You have not told me just when to expect you. I suppose the last week of September. If you will write me just what you want, I might go down & look round before you came, you would need to write at once if I am to get it before you arrive. There are cut-rates on the Steamer now and on the Macassa we can get 10 trips for a dollar or 25cts return. The Turbinia 50cts. To-morrow Mary is going down to spend a few days with Mary Taylor.
Edna has been having to go to take complete rest in order to get rid of headache. She spends the day in camp bed on verandah. She is improving but it will take time. Herbie Bell is home looking very well. Ruby is very much pleased with Mrs. Needham, I think the teachers will have an easier time with her, they had to do so much to help out Mrs. Ross. Her goodness was her strong point. Had a letter from Miss Fisher, she sails on 22nd of this month by Bavaria, writes very despondently & seems in poor health. Cannot write longer as I am busy & you will soon be here. I hope you will have a few days for rest at home. With fondest love.
Your loving mother