[Hilda's trip to Europe]W-MCP2-4.075 TO MISS HILDA B. MCQUESTEN from her mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 9 1913
To: Hilda McQuesten
From: Chippawa, Ontario
I wonder where you are. It seems so strange there has never yet been a word about your Steamer's arrival, but as there has been no word of a shipwreck, we are trusting you are safe on land. We are enjoying a delightfully quiet time. On Monday afternoon I went up to the Convent and to Edna's great joy, there were a flock of nuns in full view, there must have been forty and we went to the door to see if we could go through, but the nun who opened the door said, "Not at this time" as they were "In Retreat;" the sisters of all their Loretto Convent were there. It was really a most picturesque sight; they were not saying a word to each other but some walking up and down, book in hand, some sitting apart, some kneeling and some in the little chapel. It has all been renewed, very nice as a memorial for widows &c. E. was more than delighted and it was quite worth seeing.
Yesterday was the auxiliary meeting and of course, I had to be there. We had intended going to Niagara and to-day E. cannot go, so we must wait.
Tom writes that Marnie is getting on alright. Before we left, she was greatly improved. Cal.'s last letter was written on Steamer Montreal before he reached Quebec, the Saturday after he left us. He had greatly enjoyed his visit to Montreal. Mr. McEwen, whom he met in Toronto, asked him to stay with them and he had seen nearly all his old friends. Had been with the Williamsons and visited the new Art Gallery. A most magnificent building, in the style of a Greek Temple. Cal. was going to spend the Sunday with Dr. Love at the Manse in Quebec. Weather was fearfully warm all over last week, but came in cool Saturday night and by Sunday night people were nearly frozen, but it has been delightful since, but to-day very windy and dusty. E. in the hammock in the porch. I doing family writing. Well, dearie, I hope you are well and happy, time passes we have been here a week. With much love, darling child.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Had a card from Victoria from Mrs. T.