W-MCP4-6.066 TO ISAAC B. MCQUESTEN from his brother, Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten
Apr 17 1865
To: Isaac B. McQuesten Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada West
From: 105 East 27th Street, New York
My Dear Brother,
Your came to hand a few days ago, but must say you are entirely mistaken as to the time my letter was received, it must have been a month ago, and you are the negligent one.
I have been down town in search of your photos-but must say I could not find the man, and now I find it is Chatham and not Chambers St. so this afternoon will go down and will keep this letter long enough to get some struck off.
I wish you would find out the price of Aitkins Practice 2nd Edition, Carpenter on the microscope 3.50 lbs., Chambers Clinical Medicine, in the English edition. I do not want the American, the fact is they are all English except Carpenter & there is an American edition of it, of the rest there is none.
We had a gay day here on Monday; the great rejoicing over victories.1 Everyone says it is the largest procession ever witnessed in New York. The procession was just three house and twenty minutes in passing the window where I was. Besides the people of New York, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Flushing, New Jersey & Harlem, there were some 100,000 people brought in by the cars, so that along the whole line of march there were over 1,000,000 of spectators. There was about 500,000 in the procession, and every one who passed along the crowd said there was more than double the numbers of spectators. I wish you had been here to have seen it & the multitude of devices that the different trades and societies carried aloft either on banners or on racks raised on waggons. Some were witty and some of no account, but all combined made a grand display.
I went down today and they have your photos ready next week when I will send them. I have lost my Album with all the pictures I had so have lost the fair group, confound it, they were worth the whole.
I have been helping Dr. Peaslee in one of his "big" operations & have to sit up alternate nights so have some work to do, but fear I shall not get much pay for it.
Supposing I should get the books in Toronto do you know any way to send them or any body coming over here? Have not got the money from Walker, do not know where they live & do not expect to if I did know their place.
1 The American Civil War was effectively ended on April 9, 1865 with Robert E. Lee's surrender. President Lincoln had been re-elected in March 1865; he was shot on April 14, 1865 and died the next day (CBE 572, CDB 898, W-MCP4-6.064, W-MCP4-6.065).