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W8739a TO CALVIN MCQUESTEN MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 6 1904
To: Calvin McQuesten [Rev.] Toronto, Ontario,
From: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario,

My dearest Calvin:

Your letter came Tues. evening and I was so pleased to know you had been getting everything into shipshape and are so comfortable altogether. Am sending you the papers you will see the whirl we have been in. The girls have just returned after a very successful M.B. [Mission Band] sale.

Yesterday we had a Ladies' reception for Laurier and you will see in the paper how I figured, and had the opportunity of shaking hands with Sir Wilfrid.1 It was a very nice affair, which was really all gotten up by Mrs. Husband. Then Hilda and Tom went down to the banquet.

But the chief excitement occurred when Edna and Mary went upstairs to bed and E. opened her window to shut the shutters and heard a baby crying out on the lawn. So Mary rushed out and brought in a dear little baby in nice spotlessly clean clothes in a white shawl. We telephoned police and up by patrol waggon with Aleck and a big detective John Cameron, and they took the poor little thing up to Christie at Home of Friendless, but it upset us greatly and I could not forget that poor little innocent. The detective told Christie, an auto following theirs all the way and they are sure it belongs to well off people. But poor Tom has had a dreadful day with his friends, you can imagine.

We enjoyed our venison thoroughly. E. & Tom specially pleased. Must close to post this.

Your loving mother
M.B. McQuesten

1 We have been unable to locate any newspaper articles concerning a "Ladies' reception" for Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

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