W-MCP2-4.084 TO MISS HILDA MCQUESTEN from her mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 15 1913
To: Hilda McQuesten Allandale Steamship, Farther Point, Quebec
From: 'The Manse' Bracebridge
My darling Hilda,
Just a few lines to welcome you at Farther Point, praying you will reach there in safety and be carried on safely. Tom telephoned and Henning said you might arrive about the 20th. I trust you have been comfortable, think it must be an old boat as Mrs. Thomson writing called it "the dear old Grampian." You can imagine how anxious we are to see you, would have loved to whisk down to Montreal to meet you. It seems dreadful for you to land and make your way home all by yourself after coming so far.
Mr. Chisholm was to leave on 11th by White Star Line. I told Tom you could stay a week with him and then I thought you would like to come up and relieve Mary. I have to return on Saturday on Oct. 4th at the latest as I have a meeting on the Tuesday, our Thanksgiving and Mrs. Cavan Wilson is to come up for it and we both go to Carluke next day. Cal. has no one yet in view. But is writing about some one to-day.
We had a cold snap yesterday but think it is warming up again. Mary is off this morning with Hattie Dickie to get snapshots, as we have Dr. McIlmoyle's horse, we can drive when we like. To-morrow we think of leaving Cal. at home and going to the Lees' for tea. The latest news is Miss Campbell's marriage to Mr. Zimmerman. Very suitable and sensible, I think. You will be sorry to start off and travel up here, but we do not like to leave Cal. quite so soon unless some people turn up for the house, and M. needs a rest from cooking. We are quite comfortable with the furnace. Cal. gave fine sermons yesterday and had a baptism. Poor Tom will be glad to see you he has had a long time alone. But so fortunate to have Alice. Well good bye darling, hope you will have no fogs. May God bless & keep you. With love & kisses. Your loving mother