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W7324 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from John M Rioch
Apr 2 1902
To: Calvin McQuesten
From: Pine Plains N.Y.

Dear Cal,

Last night, upon reaching Pine Plains we found your beautiful remembrance awaiting us, and I want to tell you for myself how genuinely pleasant it was to be remembered by you. The tray is a perfect beauty, Cal., and will always be to me a very pleasant object to look upon mostly because it is so dainty and beautiful but particularly because it came from you and will always remind me of you.

We have started in to the work of settling in our new home which promises to be a very pleasant one, and I hope we may have the pleasure some day and that not a very distant one -- of entertaining you there.

We had a very pleasant wedding. Were very generously remembered by our friends and have been having a first class time since.

Last week was spent on shopping mostly in New York and while such work is always more or less wearisome to the body it was on this occasion a very pleasant task too and we enjoyed buying articles for our home very much.

We are finding life in the matrimonial state very pleasant indeed and I am realizing more and more how fortunate I am in having the wife I do.

Won't you plan to pay us a visit some time? This is a most beautiful place in Summer and after the work you are doing I'm sure a stay in the country would do you good.

I hope you are prospering in your new position and am glad to have heard that you are liking Montreal better and are becoming more acquainted. It would be pleasant to hear from you once in a while. I should be sorry to lose track of you. I must close now, am rather tired tonight after a busy day so please excuse a "scrappy" letter. If it will serve to convey to you some appreciation of the pleasure your beautiful gift gave, it will serve its purpose.

Your old friend,

John M. Rioch

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