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W7010 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 18 1928
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton

My dear Calvin,

So very glad to receive your letter with all its explanations. I was a little startled at receiving your request so soon, but I knew there was some good reason and that perhaps there was no bank at Baie de Chaleus, so I sent it off and hope the letter will be kept safely at Strathcona Hall. I would not have posted it so soon if I had realized you would not be there till Wednesday. As usual you fell upon your feet and I am so glad your friend M. Gardner treated you so well and it would be a notable occasion for you to think of and quite a treat.

Such a fortunate thing to hear of a really good place and hope it will prove what you desire. On Friday Tom went to St. Mary's to settle up Mrs. Irving's affairs and on Sat. morning a friend of hers a Mr. Turnbull drove her and Katie with Tom out to Hensall and had things out with the old lady. Tom thought Mrs. Irving controlled herself and held on wonderfully for Tom says Mrs. Agar is and has been always a nasty old woman, cunning and untruthful, not the least grateful for the $1800 which Mrs. Irving offered and herself only receiving $25.00 or less with the others. Poor Mary Agar, whom Tom pitied, such a wreck! Most grateful and appreciative Mrs. I. had been so anxious to live to settle every thing. Mary admitted a grandson was paying their rent and a little more. Glad Tom was able to go with her, and got home Sat. night.

Hopper is busy with back gate. Mary started off this forenoon for Coburg to the Ont. Historical, hope she will have fine weather. A little shower last night, the garden is gorgeous, with Oriental poppies some peonies, lovely iris and splendid lupins. Think I'll order Globe from Sat. 23rd. As you leave Wed. and it takes four days to reach Chaleus. Will enclose any thing special up to that time. Of course we hurrahed last Friday, when Prayer Book was again defeated.1 Hilda is looking well after garden.

As for the money; as far as I know shall have no need before Sept. when taxes have to be paid on the 15th. Have $18.00 in Savings Acct. now, and expect something else before that; so you need not trouble.

Take good care of and enjoy yourself. Will send Punch etc. later.

Your affectionate mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S] Very large individual contributions coming in for McMaster; nearly the $500,000.2

1 Mary makes her views known frequently about her objection to "Anglicans," and she objected to any modernization of Presbyterian doctrine in the "Higher Criticism" debates that raged at this time. For "Higher Criticism," see W5283 and footnote.
The debate in this particular article centres on the objection to the modernization or the revision of doctrine in the Anglican Church which is similar to the "Higher Criticism" that other churches were experiencing.

Enclosed in this letter is a news clipping, (W7017), dated London, June 13, 1928, and entitled: PRAYER BOOK REJECTED BY 46 MAJORITY-- Thoughtful and Dignified Debate for Two Days, CHAOS IS PREDICTED--Winston Churchill Speaks Out; Premier Winds Up Debate."
According to the article the new Prayer Book was "Howled Down."
It is a long article, but two important sections are quoted here in excerpts:
Sir William Johnson-Hicks, home secretary, was greeted with loud cheers when he rose to speak against the revision. He declared he spoke with even greater responsibility than he had in December, when the first revision had been rejected by the house. It was the steady drift on the part of so many clergy to materialistic ideas and pre- Reformation doctrines which he was fighting against, Sir William said.
Somewhat to the surprise of the house, Winston Churchill was the next speaker. The chancellor of the exchequer said he did not altogether like the book. It contained things which, if they had been presented separately, he would have felt bound to vote against. He also regretted departure from the old-time wording of the liturgy, especially in the marriage solemnization. He had abstained from voting on the last occasion, but now, he felt, the issues were so great that they required decision. He had no mandate from his own constituents.
Looking at the matter purely as a member of the house of commons, Mr. Churchill felt that the Church of England had asked parliament for a wider interpretation of its freedom in spiritual matters. The house should not approach the matter in the spirit of denial of liberties, when the same were lawfully demanded, and the Church of England had expressed to the house by the only means of expression open to it a desire for widening its religious liberty.

2 Thomas B. McQuesten was responsible for bringing McMaster to Hamilton from Toronto. He promised the university board a location centred within a huge tract of planted and maintained park land, including the Rock Garden, Cootes Paradise, the Sunken Garden and a new High Level Bridge at the Western Entrance to the city of Hamilton. McMaster accepted the offer and opened in Hamilton in 1931. For more on McMaster see, W7085, W7095, Box 12-405.

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