W-MCP5-6.301 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from his step-mother Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten
Dec 5 1864 Monday
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Upper Canada College
From: ["Willowbank"]1 Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Isaac,
The note which I enclose, comes direct [?] [?], last week and I should have forwarded it before, but for several days I was suffering severely with the old pain in my eyes so that I could not write more. I am laboring under another
difficulty, I have not found a pen that I could write decently with, since you left. I have bought a new gold one and see what work I make! I have a lot of letters to write this week, do take pity on me and send the one I liked so much in a letter. I will send you this and I dare say it will write in any other hands.
I am glad you like your change board & lodging. Mr. Fotheringham called [?] [?] day and brought a good report of you. He will stop with us on his return, and will if [?] be with us at Christmas. I am going to have a Christmas tree
for the little [?], if Dr. Ormiston, came it will be nice to have for young gentlemen to assist in putting it up. Let us
know just when you will come home, I am sure you are to be
here more than the [?]'s vacation.
We had a letter from your results containing news of Mr. Varnum's death. He died suddenly.
I think it very strange that I do not hear from Mrs. Wilson, she has not acknowledged the receipt of the piece of embroidery which she requested me to purchase for her.
Mrs. Wm. Fisher is visiting in Hamilton, and I have invited a few young people in the evening. Abbie is to commence Music lessons in the morning. Her brothers wish it. They are so kind to her. She sends love to you but is too busy to write.
Do you know that we have a wonderful calf, a month old who is such a pet with Kate & Lady [?] [?] your father that she is to be allowed to live.
With much love,
[Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten]2
1 "Willowbank" was renamed "Whitehern" by Isaac when he inherited it after his father's death October 20, 1885.
2 Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten was Dr. Calvin McQuesten's third wife and the stepmother to his sons Calvin Brooks and Isaac. As her husband aged, she became more and more demanding with regards to money and fought her stepchildren over Dr. McQuesten's will. See W-MCP5-6.351 for links.