Box 12-052 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 16 1915 [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Buckingham, Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
I only reached home last evening (Friday) and was glad to find your long letter so full of news. You really seem to be most happily situated, for you have the care of only a small congregation and yet are so near the city, you can meet friends and enjoy a little life. I am glad to hear the furniture arrived in good shape and you will like to be settled with your books. You have never remembered to let me know quantity of stair carpet width and colour of hall paper. Bargains in carpets now. Mary's hardwood floor looks very well, a great improvement on the faded carpet, we are getting mats made out of it.
I went down to Toronto on Tuesday morning, met some of the ladies in afternoon. Next day we met at 10 a.m., had lunch at the church and continued till six. I was so tired I was almost speechless and of course could not get to sleep for a long time. Then the next day arranged to meet Mrs. Steele at 2 p.m., the only time she could give, so I lost my chance of resting, from there went to Mrs. Henderson who had invited me for dinner. They were all very cordial and most kind inquiring for you and glad to know you were settled. They told me Victor Vander Smissen had been intending to go into the army before the war began, and had been looking out for a commission. I had not time to go and see Mrs. V. or Mrs. James for I wanted to go down town on Friday morning and come home in the afternoon. As to my trip I gave up all thought of it, for various reasons as I told you. Whilst I was away Mr. and Mrs. Luce were here to tea. H. thought Helen looking very ill. The old railway business is coming on again. When I came home, found he had rushed of to Ottawa on Tuesday night and back again Wednesday night, had dinner with Grieg, thought of telephoning you first to say how are you, but it was scarcely worth while as he had seen you so recently. Little Ketchen came home a week ago, with a nurse and is progressing. Well, my news is exhausted and I must run off to bed, so with much love from all.
Your affectionate mother
[P.S. ON SEPARATE PAGE]
So very pleased to receive your letter to-day and know you were so encouraged. Only when you mentioned how to put down stair-matting did it come to me that I had forgotten to send the pads and the stair rods. My memory is terrible, I had inquired all about them, when I first went to look for carpet and when I went back forgot all about it. The pads are 10 cts. each and the stair rods and holders $1.50 a dozen. You would need double-headed tacks for railing at top and bottom. Perhaps you can get them there or at Ottawa. With much love.
Your affectionate mother
[P.S.] Just going to a tea.