W7136 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 3 1931 Wed.
To: Calvin McQuesten [On vacation in England]
Your splendid letter about the Wales trip came this morning. Wed. seems to be the day your letters come. It seemed quite wonderful how you made friends by the one who gave you such a fine view, the Welsh mountains. I had sometimes read of terrible accidents to climbers on Snowdon. May was very cold in London, I saw by the "Mirror," not so cold here. Our garden is most lovely now with iris, tree peonies etc. and the laburnum. Tom took me to Gage Park, very beautiful at the East side where the little stream runs and banks lined with iris and the pink hawthorn too in various parts and tree peonies.
Tom, Norman and Fred Marshall starting to-morrow for a few days fishing up to some new place. Nellie James was to spend to-day (King's Birthday) with Edna1. We were up on Sat. She looked better then I have seen her for a long time and was in happy mood. Hope you received the cheque. You must not try to write me such long letters, for I want you to rest all you can; but just keep a note book of specially interesting places or things, which will recall to you what you saw, after you come home. Mr. Child saw Tom other day and was speaking of you, said "he was very fond of you." I noticed in the Mirror a picture of a Marvellous stairway of Indo-China, which has been built an exact copy in the Exhibition at Paris being held there all this summer.
Dr. Drummond has been brought home, but is not expected to last long2. I sent
him some lilies of the valley with honeysuckle. I think it a fine idea to grow the fruit on wires at back of borders. We did not see the gardens at Windsor and [illegible] where Queen Victoria and Prince Consort are buried only half a mile from Windsor3. We did not see wither we had to hurry too much, when we had a hired motor waiting. As before found out from P.O. that Mail closes at 6 this evening. So far you seem to have been very fortunate in what you have seen. Hope Lancaster Hotel is really comfortable. With much love from all.
Your affectionate mother
1 For the James family, see W4436.
2 For Dr. Drummond, see W6828.
3 For Mary's trip to England, see W8716, W8719.