W-MCP1-3b.009 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 7 1896 Thursday
In care of (c/o)
To: Calvin McQuesten 'ZION' Divine Healing Mission.1 Corner Michigan Ave. and 12th St. Chicago Illinois
From: Hamilton Ontario
My dear Calvin,
Enclosed is the $10. which Mrs. F. in order to relieve me of further distress of mind offered to lend you.2 I have none to lend or give you, you must surely know this. In my last letter I asked you if you could not get something to do in the Home to pay for your board. Now I am forced to speak plainly. If the spirit commands you to stay still another week you must rely on the spirit not me, to find you the means. The last money sent you was my water-rates for which I am now in debt to Mr. Hope and yet the Bible tells me "owe no man anything."3 And I am so in debt I do not know which way to turn since you have been in such poor health I have kept things to myself as much as possible so as not to worry you. But you force me to speak when you ask me to lend you $75. to $100. dollars. Are you crazy?
Dr. Dowie, I think makes some very wild statements and I am very much afraid that it is just the excitement you are under that makes you feel better and that afterwards you will be weaker than ever. Your employment on the staff is not a certainty, we have heard nothing more about it, except that the word is still supposed--so that it would not be wise to borrow money from any of your friends because you see you have already to earn the $60. for the taxes. It grieves me to write such a discouraging letter but I can hide things no longer. May God help you in your constant prayer.
Your loving Mother
[P.S.] I think your ticket expires on Monday.
1 See W-MCP1-3b.016
2 Probably Mrs. Donald Fletcher, wife of the minister at MacNab Church, see W4479.
3 Likely, Adam Henry Hope, lawyer, one of the three sons of Hon. Adam Hope (1813-1882), Hamilton merchant in wholesale hardware goods, and senator in 1877. Adam Henry Hope married Hattie Sawyer, daughter of Luther D. Sawyer, nephew of Dr. Calvin McQuesten (for Sawyer, see W4323). In 1904 Adam Hope began selling the Electric House Cleaning Machine. The Hope family lived at 323 Bay St. S. and were members of the MacNab St. Church (Tyrell 143; DHB1.105, DHB1.146; DHB2.140; W5183, W5502, W2179, W5183, W5392, W6028, W6034, W6630).