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W-MCP5-6.346 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from his father's nephew John Knox McQuesten
Oct 28 1865
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Upper Canada College, Toronto, Canada West
From: Manchester, New Hampshire

[Dear Isaac],

I suppose you want to know if I got those drafts, So I did. I shall always remember you as a very fine young man. Very probably I should have been using the weed at this time if it had not been for your kind offer. Now I have bargained to quit & you may take this as a receipt or I will write one out, but I think this will be enough.

Bert Varnum spent the night with us night before last. Ed. V. is not well at all, don't know what to think of him.1 If I don't make much of a spread thanking you & your father for that money, perhaps you will think that I am grateful [sic] for it. Receive my thanks.

I am in a gt. hurry to put this in the mail & Aunt & mother send love also I tell your father that I am plowing the ground where the corn & potatoes were, think it will be very good thing for it.

You will hear from me when I am in a mood to write a newsy letter. For the time being, adieu.

Yours truly,

John K. McQuesten2

1 Dr. Calvin McQuesten's sister Eliza (1799-1877) married Jonas Varnum Jr. (1785-1864) in 1835. She was his second wife and they had four children: Hannah, Edward Payson, Jonas Parker and William Bently Oliver. Leona Bean McQuiston states "Eliza's children were born at Darcut but brought up on a small farm in Derry, N.H." (P. 87). (Note: We have been unable to locate "Darcut," but Dracut, Massachusetts, is approximately 30 miles from Derry).

2 John Knox McQuesten (1842-?) is the nephew of Dr. Calvin McQuesten, the son of his brother Samuel. Isaac (1847-88) is Dr. Calvin McQuesten's son. The archive contains the following correspondence with John Knox McQuesten, but it may not be exhaustive: W-MCP5-6.346, W-MCP5-6.336, W4814, Box 03-211, W-MCP6-1.404, W8223, Box 04-011, W8246, W8800. see also W-MCP1-3a.006.

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