Box 14-018 SELECTIONS FROM THE DIARY OF REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN
Jan 1 1918
1918 Order of Prayer:
Peoples and Governments
Men at the Front
Men in the Sanitorium
Church of Christ
McNab street Congregation
1918 Peoples & Governments:
That Christ may reign and be glorified. That Peoples and Governments alike may realize their dependence on God, may acknowledge Him, and have faith and courage to do right.
For the poor--a fairer distribution of the means of living
That He may wipe the liquor traffic off the map--April 1, Importation and manufacture forbidden in Canada from this date.
For Russia--Harmony in Unity and Godliness
..".. Canada--Honesty, Efficiency and Unity, Deliverance from race prejudice
For the League of Nations-that there may be no more war
1918 The War:
That it may be a purging fire among all nations, turning them to God
O God of Battles deliver us from out enemies
Give lasting Peace, soon, O Lord, and establish national and political Liberty throughout the world
O Lord of Hosts!
Protect all those who fight for us.
Give Wisdom and Might to our Commanders
Strength and Courage to our Men.
Skill and patience to doctors and nurses
Healing and comfort to sick and wounded
Comfort and peace to bereaved and anxious
For a Peace Settlement that may be to the Glory of God
For God's guidance & help in the tremendous task of reconstruction and settlement of returned men.
Oct. 31 Turkey surrenders
Nov. 3 Austria ..".........
Nov. 11 Germany .."........
1918 For the Men at the Front
January--That in the midst of death & clamor they may find Life and Peace, and learn to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.
Grant the Holy Spirit to the chaplains
April 12 .."......."....."......."......"... Y.M.C.A.
Be very near to:
-Col. O'Donahue & 77th
-Jack McCrae (died of pneumonia Jan. 28/18)
-Capt. Butler and 12th brigade
Feb. 25 Roy Williams
Mar. 22 Sandford English
[.....".....] Sawyer Hope
Jun. 9 Emily Colquhoun
Sept. 2 Gordon Glendinning
Oct. 15 Gordon Culham
1918 Men In Sanitorium:
Jan. That they may know Christ.
That I may be given the Word of Life for each.
That they may be healed
Feb. 11 Guidance about Pocket Testament League
Mar. 20 Blessing on Membership campaign [crossed out]
Mar. 20 Guidance about Sunday evening concert
Apr. 12 Help me to preach the Cross to them
Men in Sanitorium:
-Hines [crossed out]
-Thomson [crossed out] died 27 Dec. Jun. died to-day
-Sam Rogers [crossed out] Nov. 18 died to-day
-Wilson 15/10 King [crossed out] Apr. 23 died to-day
-Smith 10/10 Tuck [lightly crossed out]Mar 29 died to-day
-Mawson [crossed out]
-Cripps [crossed out]
-Taylor [crossed out]
-Talbot [crossed out]
-Hobbs [crossed out]
-Hiernan [crossed out]Dec 3 died to-day
-Mac Watch May 16 died to-day
For the Staff of the Sanatorium [sic]
-Miss Adeline Copp
-Clark ... Aug 30 [crossed out]
-Quinn [crossed out] ... Aug 30 Heard of oath
-Harold Masson ... July 2 died to-day
-Fred Lanz ... died Aug 5
-Powell [crossed out]July 10 died this evening
-Lloyd Bain ... Dec 23 Gone home presumably cured
-E. Dover [or Pover]
1918 - The Church of Christ:
For the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on ministers and people that they may be converted and consecrated, for increase of interest in Missions, that they may learn to pray & know Bible That church may stand for righteousness and helpfulness.
For success of the Forward Movement
1918 - McNab St. Congregation:
For increasing presence & power of Holy Spirit that minister & people may pray & work for the saving of souls--that it may become a centre of spiritual service
The Session--that elders may realize their spiritual function
That I may see my part in it
Lord what wilt thou [have?] me to do
The Sunday School
The blessing of the Holy Spirit--that teachers and officers may be fully consecrated.
That boys & girls may give themselves to Christ
[That boys and girls may ]Learn to pray & read Bible
Guidance about Supt.
The Prayer Meeting
1918 - Boys' Club:
Jan -- For wisdom in arranging program
Sept 23 -- Bible Class
Dec 30 -- Guidance about going right into Church
-Wm. E. Robertson
-Jas. A. Murdock
-Alex. M. Dunn
-Chas. T. Gregory
1918 - Friends & Special People:
M.R. H.R. K.R. that they may be converted, and learn to know Jesus Christ as the lover of their souls
Mrs. Mackenzie, Oct 16/18, Georgia & Norman & Florence
The McCallums [March 29 Thank for Louis's return]
Feb 8 A. MacL.
April 8 M.H. & J.H. (30/5)
April 9 Palmer
June 11 Mrs. Hines (Oct 17) that she may find a friend in Jesus
Dec 8 N. Cauchon that he may know Jesus
Dec 9 V. & M. R.
Dec 18 M.G. & wife
1918 - Special Matters:
Guidance about A.O.A.
[April 12 Wrote him Apr. Answered in affirm.]
[April] 6 [Guidance about] S.H.B. [Apr 17 Answer in affirm.]
Oct 27 For deliverance from Influenza [Nov 9 Ban taken off public meetings]
[Nov.] 29 [Ban]Put on again
Dec 19 [Ban] Taken off again
1918 - Family:
1Tim 5.8 "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
Thanks for months of happy harmonious family life.
Thanks for all of them--Father and Ruby
Pray for each by name and Alice that they may know Christ intimately and the joy of His Salvation
That Mother may get more comfort from her religion
That Edna may be healed, and enjoy peace of mind in Christ Jesus.
Thanks for continued good health & spirit. Thanks for evident help from Daily Light and Divine Comfort
The blessing on family worship
That I may be more thoughtful for them.
Apr. 8 That all may know His peace in anxiety about possibility of Tom being called to the colors [complete sentence crossed out].
Decision to call out all between 20 & 23
Jan 1 Thanksgiving
[.".] 2 Confession
[.".] 6 Baptism [crossed out] Filling of the Holy Spirit for-
[.".] 7 ......................... Daily blessings from the Word
[.".] 8 ........................ Prayer (not mooning) (Feb 17) without ceasing
[.".] 11 ....................... Power & Control 5/11 [many other dates, illegible]
[.".] 12........................ Purity [many dates illegible] No compromise [more dates]
[.".] 13 Steady & Industrious habits [many dates noted, illegible]
[.".] 14 ....................... Help to get to bed & up to-morrow morning
[.".]15 ........................That Christ may live in me
(Put under work.)
[."...".] ...................That I may bring forth fruit especially in personal work.
[."...".] That I may be guided in my reading & may read only such fiction as I plan in morning program
[.".] 16 For health and wisdom in attending to it, sufficient sleep quietness of spirit
[.".] 17 For an adequate income, and right management of finances
[.".] 18 Jan 25/18 M. Feb 27 Choose for me.
[.".] 18 Help and guidance for the day
[.".] 19 What for others to-day?
[.".] 4 Show me my shortcomings
April 6 That I may be kept from sin--in thought word and deed.
April 8 Quietness of spirit
April 30 That I may be filled with the Holy Spirit
Nov. 3 For sufficient sleep
May 27 That I may learn to appropriate His blessings
Jan For more faith
Jan 20 That He may be with me every moment
Jan 21 What has He to say to me?
July 5 Thanks for weeks of peace & joy in believing.
April 6 Beginning of special blessing.
Dec. Steady blessing
Apr. 5 Fresh start Apr. 2,3,26, May 8,28, June 4, June 10, 19, July 7, July 14
Feb. 25 Thanks for 2 months deliverances Sept. 17, 27, Oct. 8, 13, 17.
Feb. 21 Thanks for one months steady work
April 8 Thanks for continued help
Dec. Thanks for being definitely used at San
Dec.11 Thanks for continued help
Mar. 20 Fresh start May 8, 24, June 4.
Nov. Thanks for $400 from Palmer
Dec. 31 Thanks for 10 weeks wonderful help from standing on promise "Sin shall not have dominion"
June 6 He reminded me of McConkey's 3 fold secret.
Jan. For guidance in choosing work.
...... For inspiration and perseverance
How much shall I preach?
........ That my preaching may be such as to count for Christ's Kingdom
Feb. 25 Shall apply for Muskoka Church?
What shall I attempt?
What preparation should I make?
Jan. For help in concentrating on "The King of Fighting Men."2/sup>
April 30 and inspiration of the Holy Spirit
Mar. 27 Help with hot-bed.
Apr. 15 What about Sunday School?
Jan. Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
[On opposite page:]
Feb 21 Thanks for one month of steady work
Apr 10 A fresh start, Apr 30.
June 8 Last plants put out--most successful
1 At this time, Calvin was working on his book "King of Fighting Men," in which he compares the life of Jesus to that of a soldier. The Table of contents of Calvin's book can be found with letter W-MCP2-3b.035.
For chapter 1, see Box 04-028.
For chapter 2, see Box 04-029.
For chapter 3, see Box 04-030.
For chapter 4, see Box 04-031.
For chapter 5, see Box 04-031.
For chapter 6, see Box 04-033.
The rest of the manuscript can be located in the archives at the Whitehern museum.
2 Following is a list of some of the letters (in our archive) from Dr. Norman Leslie to his friend Thomas Baker McQuesten about his war service in WWI from 1914 to 1918. The letters begin on the ship going over to England and continue through his service there and as surgeon in France in the trenches, which he describes graphically. For the full chronological list see:
W-MCP7-1.099 This letter shows that Dr. Norman Leslie is applying to be on the Niagara Bridge Commission.
W-MCP7-1.006 This letter shows Dr. Norman Leslie on the list of members of the Niagara Bridge Commission.