W-MCP2-4.007 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her son, [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten
Aug 4 1906 [estimated date]
To: Mary Baker McQuesten [Likely, Bayview Farm, Dorset, P.O. Ontario]
From: Box 13, Macleod, Alberta
My dearest Mother,
I am very sorry to have let two weeks go without writing you. But last Sunday I was up at the far end of my field & did not get back till after the Stand Off mail had left & no one has been into town since.
Was very glad indeed to get your letter with Tom's enclosed. The young beggar has not written me since I came out here, although I wrote him on his birthday. But I suppose as he has been so busy with life seeing to other things he must be excused. His account of "The Walk" on Orangemen's Day is quite amusing.
Am glad that you continue to find yourselves so pleasantly situated and that Edna continues to improve. It is unfortunate, though, that you have no nice walks, especially as I know that you are not particularly fond of boating.
The two copies of "The Life of Faith" reached me this week and I agree with you that they do not seem worth very much. The 2 copies of the Record of Christian Work also reached me the Sunday I was in Macleod, & I put them in my valise which I have not got brought out yet.
Well I am jogging along in the same old fashion & growing fat on it. The other day I got weighed & tipped the scales at 157 pounds, which is more than I ever weighed in my life before and 7 pounds more than when I came out here. When I was in Montreal I used to weigh about 135 or 137. I am really quite afraid of developing a paunch, so to-day I went out & worked in the hay field all afternoon for the good of my health.
Got a letter from Hilda this week. She seems to be enjoying herself in a quiet way at Eglinton. Tell Ruby I will answer hers now.
With much love to both the girls & your own sweet self. As ever,
Your affectionate son