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[Letter and Envelope edged in black]
[Written at top of letter]: File under suffering.
[Written at top of envelope]: File under blessing of suffering.

Box 12-022 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Ursilla N. Macdonnell
Mar 21 1916
To: Rev. Calvin Mcquesten St. Andrew's Manse. Buckingham, Quebec
From: 331 Barrie Street Kingston Ontario

Dear Mr. McQuesten,

I had been reproaching myself for lack of courtesy for never writing a line to thank you for your prompt despatching of the type-writer, but when your note came this afternoon I was rather glad I had not because it is more satisfactory to be able to answer it. It is very good of you to write so kindly and I will not hesitate to trouble you again if circumstances should make it necessary, as it is quite possible they may. You will easily understand that our family arrangements are now in a rather unsettled state.

I do not remember a boy in the McQuesten family, but I knew your mother and met one of your sisters, perhaps the one you speak of. Anyone who has suffered loss from that terrible disease1 can sympathize with all fellow sufferers. The five years Logie spent fighting it were five of the noblest and most inspiring five years I ever expect to see! It was fortunate for me in more ways than one that some months ago I was offered some literary work which has kept me blessedly busy up to the present and is pressing me very hard just now. Hence my desire for the type-writer.

My sister's present address is 5 Court Hill, Bearsdeu, near Glasow, Scotland. She went over to meet Mr.Cornett and spend his week's leave of absence with him. She will be starting for Canada before very long, and it might be as well to wait for another six weeks and then address her here. But if you wish to write at once you will catch her at Bearsdeu. I think she is likely to be very glad to dispose of the hose [sic].

With renewed thanks for your kindness, believe.

Ever yours sincerely,

Ursilla N. Macdonnell

1 Calvin's sister Ruby died of tuberculosis in 1911. For information related to her illness, see W6135.

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