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W-MCP3-5.015 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Feb 11 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten [Toronto, Ontario]
From: 'Whitehern'

My dear dear boy,

Well, yesterday we went to the wedding and enjoyed it all thoroughly. It was a bright day and not quite so cold. We had to go by ourselves for Mrs. Mullin was called away to Montreal to a sister very ill. As the Centenary Church is being renovated and Miss Sanford would not be married in her own house as her mother wished, it was in the Cathedral. Of course it was a very fine ceremony performed by the Bishop and Mr. Bland, then the surpliced choir of men & women, boys & girls, came down the aisle, to meet the bride, and walked up singing followed by the ushers, bridesmaids & bride. Mrs. Fuller had the decorating of the church, quantities of carnations, azaleas, and white roses. Of course the presents were a sight to see and then the refreshments were served in an enormous marquee, a door led out of the dining-room on to a balcony and steps led down into the marquee, when you came out on to this balcony, it was like a scene in fairy land, the whole of the inside was covered with snow white cheese cloth beautifully draped and festooned with truilax [sic] and lit with electric lights, ropes of pieu truilax [sic] with electric lights reached from the table to roof, the floor was covered with a crimson carpet and gas or oil stoves heated it. These were behind screens, of course, everything dainty in the way of refreshments. The Bishop made a great speech in which he told of having baptized the bridegroom. Altogether I enjoyed it immensely, so did Mary. As Mrs. Malloch said it was such a beautiful sight it was lovely to think of afterwards.1 2

The weather has kept very cold until today it seems moderate. Calvin wrote in very good spirits weather had been beautiful and he had been enjoying the riding and seemed encouraged in his work. Hilda & I spent the afternoon making calls, for we have had such severe weather that we have not been able to get out.

Well, dearie how are you getting on. I just feel so oppressed with the thought of all you are undertaking, "poor little [?] fellow," and your mother cannot help you at all. I hope your banquet passed off well, and the club of 13 gives you fine opportunities, if you could just have had more time to enjoy it all. Well dearie, I must close with fondest love.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten


1 Miss Muriel Sanford married Gordon Henderson on Feb. 10, 1904. For Sanford, see W4771. For Henderson, see W5709.


2 Mrs. Malloch is the wife of Dr. A.E. Malloch who was the pioneer of the "Germ Theory" in Hamilton and in North America. See, W4582.




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