W-MCP2-4.028 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her father, Rev. Thomas McQuesten
Jun 30 1882
To: Mrs. I. B. McQuesten [Hespeler, Ontario]
From: 3 Bold St., Hamilton, Ontario
My Loving Daughter,
I cannot convey to you an adequate idea of the thankfulness to our heavenly Father experienced by me on the receipt at half past five this afternoon, of a Telegram informing that Thomas Baker and mother both doing "very well." We can but call upon our souls and all that is within us to bless and praise God's holy name. He has indeed dealt very bountifully with us--He has turned our anxiety into joy and thanksgiving. Ma and I often spoke to each other about you not so of the honour, as we were anxious for your safety sometimes we tormented ourselves with gloomy forebodings of the future--Often together we prayed that God might spare you to your husband and dear little children--prayed knowing the heart's desire of you both, that He would give you a son, perfect in body and mind, sanctified to Him from his birth, and should grow up to be a true believer in Xt, a father in the Church of God.1
Now we bless Him, who eminently has been the hearer of prayer in all ages, for having heard our petitions in past, and we will continue to pray that as time rolls on He will grant all our desires on behalf of the latest arrival of all the dear little ones preceding, and for the two parents that they may gratefully feel their obligations to God for his great mercy to them and theirs and take most earnestly from Him, Grace and Wisdom to enable them in walking together in the fear of the Lord and comfort of the Holy Ghost to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Dear Mary, may you and Isaac be long spared to each other and to your dear children, and finally, having how long usefully and happily training up your loved ones for God, may parents and children stand with acceptance and joy in His presence, the former "[Shining Him?] are in Father and the children Thou hast given us."
I am thankful to write Ma has been for the last two days something easier. The wounds in the back have healed rapidly and well, and there has been considerable discharge from her finger. I think she is now brought to believe the finger as a safety valve must not be closed, and that she is now reconciled to its being so. 2
I this morning purchased some strawberries for you, but Isaac did not come down, Ma fearing they would spoil preserved them, and wishes me to say they appear to be going [?], she will if agreeable to you, preserve some for you next week.
Calvin has been a very good boy, and will I daresay be pleased to see his lately arrived brother. I hope all the girls received him joyously. It would affect me no small pleasure to see little Tom, Mamma, Papa, and all others of the family.
Ma writes with me in kindest love to you, Isaac, and all the children, with many hopes to them and especially hearty welcome to the happy addition of their number.
Kind regards to Mrs. Stanton and Dr. Mullin. With earnest request that you take good care of yourself and earnest prayer to the Father of mercies to speedily raise you up in health and strength and care of your loved family,
I remain, dear Mary,
Your aff'te Father
P.S. I send you a picture piece, I have had in possession for some time, keeping it for a hoped for happy occasion,--in addition to the [?].
1 Mary's first son Calvin (Rev. Calvin) was born with some disability in his left hand, arm and side. He also suffered with some emotional instability. For Calvin and for Thomas, see their bio's by clicking on their pictures in "Family."
2 Mrs. Baker, had been treated by "cupping," see letter W2466. She died in 1882, reportedly from diabetes complicated by a scratch from a cat--which may be the wound at her finger.