W9079 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 23 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten Bracebridge, Ontario
My dearest Calvin,
I was pleased to hear you were getting along so well, with good congregations. It was encouraging too to hear the Auxiliary was doing so well, they seem to have more life than mine. Tom received your enclosure today and will write you soon. I am advising to put it in a mortgage We need to get more interest for a small loan.
Today Mary, Edna and I went to see some moving pictures of scenes in South Africa by Paul Rainey, a noted traveller. They were most interesting. All pictures of hunting wild animals, snaring them and killing them with the help of a wonderful pack of trained dogs. Scenes on the veldt of wild animals coming to the waterhole, extremely interesting and lifelike, rhinos old and young, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches and hyenas, &c. It has just been pouring rain today, we have had so many rainy dull days. Yesterday I went to a drawing room meeting at Mrs. Lazier's. It was given to endeavour to revive the McAll Mission. Miss Caven came up to speak, and gave a great deal of interesting information as to conditions in France. The government pretends to be neutral, but has actually now banished the word God out of all school books where four years ago it occurred in narratives, even the word Cathedral was changed.
MacNab Street does wonderfully well, but in all the Churches the number of members added is alarmingly small. You see the ministers make no appeal at all, if they do attempt it, it is so feeble that no one is affected. Mr. Philpot draws large congregations and his after meetings are full. They are not getting on very well at St. James and Central is so empty in the evening, that it was said there were as many in the choir as the whole church. I pity Mr. Sedgwick. That was a long drive to a funeral. Ask Dr. McIlmoyle what we should do about Doctor Parfitt. With much love from all.
Your loving mother
M. B. McQuesten