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W8261 TO THOMAS MCQUESTEN from Beatrice Manchester
Jun 15 1947 [approximate date]
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten Hamilton, Ontario

by Beatrice Manchester

Ring out the bells, the music,
Like the music of the spheres,
Speaks with the tongues of silver,
Of peace throughout the years;
The mighty music telling
Of triumph over fears

Three thousand miles of border
Now unfortified;
Friends, these two great nations
Standing side by side;
Friends, these new-world nations,
Face the world with pride.

Ring blessed bells, your music,
This beautiful day in June,
Ring out your message to all mankind,
Ring all the world in tune;
Carol of brotherly love,
That cannot come too soon

To save this world from destruction,
This world whose greatest need,
Is to learn to live by the law of love
And not by the rule of greed;
Oh ring, solemn bells, from your tower,
We hearken, and may we heed.

May God in His infinite goodness,
Our wisdom so increase,
That we here listening to the bells,
Pray before they cease,
That somehow, we shall find the way,
The pathway to World Peace.

1 Tom, with architects Somerville and Brennan, arranged to build a 165 foot Carillon tower as part of the Niagara Parks project, but its completion was delayed by the war. Tom had arranged in 1941, that the largest bell be inscribed to Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt and that is how it arrived in 1945. However, the Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King protested, and demanded the inscription be erased and his name added; a controversy raged for several years, but McQuesten resisted and the inscription was never removed or changed. The controversy and other circumstances led to McQuesten's forced resignation from the Bridge Commission. He was also forced to resign from the Niagara Parks Commission in 1943 by premier George Drew.(See Box 14-122, W-MCP7-1.027; Best 179, 189). (See also W-MCP7-1.264 for one page of W.L. Mackenzie's diary in which he notes one of the first meetings with Thomas Baker McQuesten and comments on the fact that McQuesten's father, Isaac, had been the best man at his own father's wedding. This brief meeting occurred in 1921.

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