W-MCP5-6.263 TO ELIZABETH FULLER MCQUESTEN from S.J. Wood
Apr 23 1869
To: Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten, [Hamilton, Ontario]
From: Madoc, Ontario
My dear Friends,1
Your kind letter was duly received and I am most happy to accept your kind offer for myself and Rev'd Dr. Wishart wishes me to say that he considers himself provided for in [your?] invitation and will inform the committee of the fact--For myself I should feel at home at your house as nowhere else in Hamilton--"Frankies Room" is sacred to me.
I did feel uncomfortable until I received your kind
letters--not for anything you had said or done but for fear that I had left unsaid what I should have said.
I think I draw a distinction between kindness such as yours which it is a pleasure to receive, and that kindness which one is anxious to repay as soon as possible in order to be freed from the obligations.
Dear Frankie--the kindness of her friends is such as to make us feel that we attained a grasp of her hand though her physical presence is hidden from our view. God grant that
her memory may ever be a living presence forgone in
sometime.--I have ordered [?]--below the [registration??]
of her age &c--we wish the following inscription--Dear Frankie! Thy memory is like the incense of flowers. We are glad that you like the photographs--I think you will be pleased with the larger one--at a little distance it is remarkably like her.
It will not be possible for Mrs. Wood to come to Hamilton before the latter part of summer but then we hope to come together--I know a visit would do her good--As it is while bearing the sorrow with wonderful resignation--still at times the sorrow will come back in all its force--But we try to feel that--"He wills is best."
Remember us to Mrs. Hargill and say that we will
consider it a great favor if she would write us.
With kindest regards to yourselves in which Mrs. Wood & the family join. I am, Dear friends sincerely yours,
1 The envelope bears the number 264 which is likely
incorrect as it is addressed to Mrs. Calvin McQuesten, but
letter no. 264 is to Dr. McQuesten from his son Isaac.