W-MCP5-6.333 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from Jessie Wilson [possibly Goddard?]
Feb 22 1864
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, [Upper Canada College, Toronto, Ontario?]
From: Toronto, Ontario
My Dear Isaac,
I was surprised on Saturday morning to receive a parcel by express, & still more on opening it, & discovering the contents, Many thanks for your acceptable present & nice letters. The perfume is truly refreshing & I shall remember the kind giver every time I use it, so you see you will not soon be forgotten, the handkerchief I did not care about as it is an old one. I am sorry I caused you so much uneasiness. I forgot to ask you when here, how your flute practising got on during your solitude? I shall expect you to play duetts [sic] with me the next time I am in Hamilton. Our piano has not been opened since we heard of Uncle's death. I am waiting till papa asks for some music, which is generally a great solace to him when at all sad.
I have not been out of the house since I saw you except at church yesterday morning so that I have nothing in the way of news either for you, or Mary. I enclose the Latin sentences I found in your letter, as I am not "English clever" enough to make anything out of it & shall expect you to tell me what it meant.
The day after you left, poor Mr. [Tropus?] called & I wish you had seen the look of disappointment on the poor fellows face when he heard that his Hamilton friends were gone, but I tried to console him by saying that I would let them know that he had called. Write one soon, a very long letter, to show that you forgive me for this short one. & believe me yours affect'ly,
Fwd by M. Goddard, Esq.
1 The Microfilm Index lists the writer of this letter as Jessie Wilson Goddard. The name Goddard here is possibly incorrect. Isaac receives several letters from Jessie Wilson in which she refers to herself as Isaac's cousin. There is a Mary Goddard mentioned in the Microfilm Index. The letter seems to have been forwarded or delivered by a Mr. Goddard, perhaps a relative of Jessie's, but probably not a husband since there is no mention of a wedding of her own in any of her other letters.