W-MCP5-6.245 TO ISAAC MCQUESTEN from Hugh McLaren
Apr 22 1869
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten University College, Toronto, Ontario
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear McQuesten,
I tried to find you before leaving Toronto but you were nowhere to be found but I have since heard that you were seen on that day (Saturday) on Young Street in company with a very stylish and fashionably dressed American young lady with Grecian Bead & all the rest of it.1 Beware Ike! of these fashionable young creatures. Beware! I also fear that you have not been grinding much as I called at your quarters three or four days running. But you were always out. Well I dare say that you heard from McBride that I got through with M. S. in safety & am now about to enter into the more peaceful occupations of a rural life. By the way I saw friend Harvey and he was most polite to me speaking in the most respectful tone of voice, he said he was sorry I could not pay me my money just then, but if I would tell him [who?] to leave it with he would be sure & pay it in the course of a week--So I said he had better give it to you, but I expect he will not trouble you with the care of it; $4 is the amount if he should pay it. He asked me to have a smoke with him also but I politely declined.
I am going off tomorrow up the country to look at some farms & see some farmers & hope soon to decide on a place to go to; I was up at Geo. Brow[n?] the other day & he certainly has a splendid place, on the Grand River.
I saw Bob Hope yesterday but he was very busy & I did not get much out of him. He expects to be off in about a month for Montreal--I suppose you are beginning to think seriously about the examinations now & will be by no means sorry when they are over.
Remember me to Billie McB. & believe me in haste yours
1 It is not known who this young lady was; however, Isaac sent a basket of flowers to Mary Baker McQuesten (living in Toronto) in June of 1869. They were married in June of 1873.