W-MCP2-4.089 TO JAMES CHISHOLM from Mary Baker McQuesten
Dec 23 1928 [approx. date, known to be late december, 1928]
To: James Chisholm1 Post Office Box 36 Hamilton Ontario
[Dear Mr. Chisholm]
I regret exceedingly that my writing to you has been so delayed, but the paralysing bout of Grippe on head and pen hand has made it impossible. Your splendid Christmas gift came that morning just as I had fallen a victim. After M. advised me a few weeks before of your generous intention there was much questioning in my mind as to the reasonableness of such a large gift which I could hardly reconcile; but your beautiful letter cleared away the doubt and I had a radiance over the whole matter and the assurance that the giving gave real pleasure to you made the acceptance an entire pleasure for me. Your remembrance of my dear husband and all he had brought you was very sweet to me. The years have flown and so few now remember him at all. He did many kind and unselfish deeds, but so few seem to speak of them. Scarcely an old friend is left. So I shall treasure your letter and put it with other [val?]ued papers for the family to read in future.
But there is another side dear Mr. Chisholm to this matter. I and my family are under deep obligations to you. When I was left with six young children, with no business knowledge, with some property but little money, what would I have done if you had not treated me like a brother, managing my affairs to the best advantage with the utmost carefulness and making no charge for services through all those long years, but giving me every dollar. Those things can never be forgotten.
You and I have suffered many sore trials but we have faith to believe that our Heavenly Father doeth all things well and "All things work together for good and those that love God" and so believe it, we will rest in the Lord, and pray that His [illegible] may [illegible] to look on you and you will be spared to carry on your beneficent life!
1 James Chisholm had given Mary a gift of money on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. I have found no record of the amount of the gift. On December 24, 1928, Chisholm wrote:
Will you kindly accept the enclosed cheque as a slight acknowledgment of my feeling of gratitude for Mr. McQuesten's kindly interest and kindly assistance in the long ago, developing as time went on into a close association that has lasted a lifetime. It will give me pleasure to have you make use of it in any way that will minister to your pleasure or comfort. I was fortunate in being trained in an office that conducted its business on high principles and the same high principles were in evidence in the conduct of the home. I therefore, look back with grateful remembrance to associations that have been so stimulating and helpful and pray that you may be spared for many years yet to your children and friends. Sincerely yours, Jas. Chisholm.
For James Chisholm, see W2520.