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W6097 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 21 1908
To: Glenhurst Saskatchewan
From: 'Whitehern'

My dearest Calvin,

For fear you should receive your birth-day letter I must begin writing to-night. First I will wish very many very happy returns of your birth-day and trust that you may be spared for many years to be the sympathetic kind son you have ever been. I am thankful to know you are in such excellent health, far beyond my expectations, at one time how very anxious I was. Now, when I think of you I remember you are looking strong and well. We could wish you were here for your birth-day that we might celebrate it with the usual feasting, but we trust something pleasant may turn up. We have had a full house.

Wednesday morning. I had to stop last night the talking was too much. Marion Robinson having arrived in the afternoon, there are eight women in the house. The company has been rather too much for me. Winnie Gartshore and Nellie James came Thursday by Coach. Tom arrived before them in time for tea, so we were able to have it quietly by ourselves; I was glad to have Nellie and Winnie for Edna's sake and Sydney Little because of his kindness to you and he is very nice and quiet in the house. Marion Robinson is just perfection and to me much more companionable than Helen. But unfortunately on Monday night Mr. Nosse of Ottawa1 called and he annoys me by always writing Ruby and telling her he is coming, so that he was looked for all afternoon and evening and then Prof. Vander Smissen called last night.

Altogether I was much excited and had a bad night of it, or rather a little worse, for since the company has been even thought of I have not got to sleep till after midnight. It is terrible to have such nerves as I have. Before the holidays I thought myself almost well, my head had quieted down and I thought I would be along in a very short time, but petty things irritate me so much, that I realize how good for nothing I am. But say nothing in your letter, for I do not want Edna to think the company troubled me. The chief trouble was that N. and W. would actually let me call them twice in the morning before they would get up, which has aggravated me very much at the beginning of every day, keeping the breakfast waiting till all hours.

We were so glad to receive your letter Monday morning, telling of the receiving of your bale and the first meal, I never think of that bale without annoyance, we could have put in so much more. Will wait till we hear from you about stove and pipes, and then get off preserves etc. as soon as possible. Tom made a fine job of my back steps and side-walls. The garden is beginning to look pretty, the violets, crocus sum[?] and scilla, just a few of these are showing up with the crown imperial lilies.

Cannot write anymore this time. That was a fine percentage you took in Hebrew, you are generally frightened before you are [?] in your exams, I am beginning to know you. The cool weather continues with us, deep snow in Toronto Monday morning but we had rain. With much love and praying that you may be spared to me for many birth-days.

Your loving Mother

M.B. McQuesten

1 Mr. Nosse and his family are Japanese people in Ottawa, see W5392 and IMG156.

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