W9162 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 15 1916 Saturday [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Buckingham, Quebec
My dear Calvin,
We were glad to know Mrs. R. had returned and you were still free from grip. I have been a week in bed with it. Think I must have got it in Toronto. The room we hold our meetings in at Bloor St. is a very uncomfortable room, it gets unbearably warm, and when the doors are opened to cool it, the draft pours in. I had stayed till the Wednesday. Janie James came up that day and stayed till the Saturday morning and spoke for Mrs. Howitt and at the Baptist church. I am thankful the attack this time was nothing in comparison with what I had before, not having the fearful pain in my head and I am getting it over it [sic] pretty well, it is just the miserable weakness, but hope to be over that soon. There is a regular epidemic here and in Toronto.
Yes I know Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Hay want me to hold on, but sometimes I feel tempted to give it up. Have been having some very cold weather but nothing to you. It is a mercy you have a good furnace. I hope you are feeling fit for to-morrow, in Ottawa. Did I tell you I met Drummond and his wife at Willie MacKay's? She is a middle aged woman, but quite a nice manner. Edna and I have enjoyed reading "Sir Galahad" immensely, it is a fine story. E. things you always had a gift for picking up nice books and I think so too. I am having my grate fire in my room the last two days since it turned so cold, so that I am in great luxury but find the bed very tiresome. I am sure I would have felt about Mr. Winchester's address as you did, but as a rule I am exasperated with those who attempt to give addresses at missionary meetings. The ladies of Bloor St. think Dr. Pidgeon gives a splendid address, tho' I have a notion it is chiefly on Home work, [WHMS] but they say, he's a very broad man. I hope so, as he is to speak for our Prov. Annual in London in the Spring. Well, Cal dear there is nothing for me to say and I am hurrying to get Tom to post this. All join in much love and kind regards to enquiring friends.
Your loving mother