W-MCP5-6.299 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from his father Dr. Calvin McQuesten
May 18 1865
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada West
From: Hamilton, [Ontario]
My Dear Son,
I intended to have written before this on the matter of Military Drill.1
I would only say that if you can attend to it without interfering with your studies that I will make no objection.
If you attend to it so as to give you the bodily exercise you need without breaking in too much on study hours I shall not object on the ground of expense; but do see to it that it does not expose you to any bad moral influence.
I am not concerned about your being called to fight the Yankees in national warfare.
Abbie was away yesterday and mother went with [he?] to Buffalo. A letter came to her from Boston that required an immediate answer so while I am at it I just thought of you. Now I will leave the balance of the letter for her to answer to pay for writing one for her. Mrs. Wilson stopped with me last night is visiting Mrs. Millroy to day. Shall expect her back to night.
We have the most wonderful blossom on our trees this time of year that we have ever had. I don't get a word from Calvin. Write him if he wants money to let me know it. I don't find any of his old letters and I forget how to direct a letter to him.
I have just received your letter so thought I would finish this up and send it. The Doctor keeps Lady yet in the stable and got a nice little buggy for the poney. It is quite a strange beast and will make the buggy ro-ol [sic] along as well as Judy will the carriage. As you are coming home so soon and there is not much of news--will bring this to a close. I think Mrs. Wilson will be here when you come home so if convenient let them know you are coming up.
Yours Truly C. McQuesten
[Enclosure, Isaac's Report Card]:2
Antiq.Anct. Hist. &Geog.
Mod. Hist. & Geog.
Algebra (Trygon 5)
Chemistry & physiology
Writing & Book-keeping
Sum of Averages
Result (after adding demerits)
No. Times Head . . Application and Conduct
2 very good
1 very fair
1 During the Fenian Raids in 1866, Isaac served in the Queens' Own Rifles (MCQPW 7).
2 See W-MCP5-6.298 for another of Isaac's report cards. The "Notice to Parents and Guardians" included in both of the original articles was excluded here.