W7467 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Henry P. Lordley
Mar 27 1904
To: Calvin McQuesten Macleod, Alberta
From: 36c Drummond St., Montreal, Quebec
Dear Mr. "Christian,"
We have been putting off writing to you so long that there is some doubt now as to what you will think of such tardy people. I asked the boys down stairs sometime ago about your address and they said "MacLeod" which seemed to me rather indefinite, but I am going to try it nevertheless.
The children mention your name nearly everyday and have asked me to send their love in payment for the nice cards which they received on Xmas. Well, we are moving on in much the same old way. Have had a terror of a Winter and today it is really freezing out so that the ice and snow is not disappearing much. When it does thaw the walking is terrible. Much worse this year than for very many years. The water is out of the Canal but there are mountains of ice in it so that we will be behind in getting a start on the work and there is a lot to be done before the first of May.
Our house was very comfortable this Winter but the floors have settled down about half an inch, the walls have cracked, and we will be upset a lot by the men making repairs. The landlord is building over the entrance to the court, a two story shack, which Ruth calls a "balleen" and he expects to get $37.50 a month for it. It will close our view of the street off but we will have to stand it for a year as it is not possible to move now or at least to get a house.
We often wonder what you are up to and how you are getting on and anytime you feel in the mood for writing we would be pleased to hear from you. The boys below are going to give up the flat and a very nice family is going to move in and while we will miss Lewis and Sandwell, we will be lucky in getting desirable acquaintances in their place.
With good wishes from all and hoping that you will have a happy Easter.
Yours very truly
Henry P. Lordley