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W-MCP5-6.295 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from his friend Hugh McLaren
Jun 4 1869
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Hamilton, Ontario
From: Hespeler, [Ontario]

My Dear Ike,1

I have been thinking about you and your exams lately and I hope by this time that you are safely through all of them, but hope you will not become too much elated with your success that you will keep your rejoicing with in bounds & not go and make a beast of your self for the first week--there is some paternal advice for you.

I suppose that now you will be your own master for some months at least and will be looking about the country a little & I hope that you will try and manage to look up this way & I would try and get a few days fishing with you if possible. I shall not invite you to come & stop with me as I know your poor old belly would object to that even if its master didn't, for we get nothing but pig for dinner, pig for supper & pig for breakfast, in fact never see any other kind of meat; & you might object to sit down to meals with a lot of country Poors without coats & their shirt sleeves rolled up.

However, I was going to say if you could drive up here (28 miles) or come by train & we can get a horse some where about here--we might have a day or two fishing & see a little of the country at the same time. From what I hear I believe there are some capital Trout streams at no great distance from here. It is a slack time on the farm now till the turnip sowing begins in about 2 weeks, so I could take two or three days holiday without difficulty--The only thing is & I may possibly have to go to Brantford at the camp which they are trying to get up there--if the 13th Batt. goes--but that is not likely.

Write me at once and let me know how the [?] amt got on that I may rejoice with those that do rejoice & let me know if you can come up soon--address care of Jas P. Phin, Hespeler. I may perhaps be down in Hamilton on Thursday for the Rifle matches.

Excuse haste & believe me

Yours sincerely

Hugh McLaren


1 The letter is undated. The date established by the context of the letter which states that Isaac has finished his exams. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1869, and then went on to a law degree.




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