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W6093 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, from his sister, Mary
Apr 21 1908
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst,, Saskatchewan
From: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario

My dear Calvin,

Many Happy Returns of the Day. If wishes availed anything sure and it would be "raining" in wealth you'd be.

Tom put in a great time at Easter directing Gormley [or Gourlay] and managed to do quite a bit. He brought Syd Little up over Sunday and really it is laughable to see how implicitly he obeys Tom. Syd did not dare to come before the 6.15 train Saturday for fear Tom would jump on him. His "lordship" graciously allowed the youngster to stay till Monday afternoon, but he insisted on leaving by the 8.15 for if he didn't Tom had threatened not to speak to him for some time if he were not back by evening.

Winnie and Nellie are now here and Marion Robinson of Ottawa came to day and is to stay till to morrow. Mama is bearing the excitement pretty well but will be rather relieved I think when we are quiet again.

Poor old Uncle Alex died yesterday. He was in to see us a week ago last Thursday and the next day he took to his bed. He got up last Wednesday but had to go back again and died Tuesday following, Mag and Lew Stevens packed the kids off to Toronto and spent Easter in New York; They are not back yet.

Mama has succeeded in getting us all new hats all different, also a bonnet for herself, quite an undertaking.1

Kate Mackenzie was up for a few days, and we showed her the house; she seemed to approve of everything.

I believe Billie [Brankie?] is for rent this year, but am not sure.

Your friend Mr. Paulin is to take Knox Mission again. Next Sunday we are to have Jack Inkster. Did you know he was engaged to Miss Alice [Boussens?] of Burlington; the one who was in the Collegiate when Jim Baker was.

I suppose by this time you have got all your seeds in and are quite settled.

May Clark, Kate Colquhoun and Maddie Molloy are all crazy to go out and keep house for you, in spite of mosquitos.

Well dear boy, as I must leave some news for the other members of the family to tell, must close with best love.

Affectionately your sister,

Mary B.M. McQuesten

1 The difficult "undertaking" is a reflection of the fact that the McQuesten family, at this time, has no extra money for new clothes.

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