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W0430 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from friends Peter and William Murray
Oct 12 1882
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten Hamilton, Ontario

Dear Doctor McQuesten

Beyond any question
you beat all the world and the fairs-
(Now pray do not start-)
Both for kindness of heart
And for such unapproachable pears.

For the basket received
(Which it may be believed
Was welcomed with joy at our "Banks")
Permit me at once
By the earliest chance
To send you my heartiest thanks.

We fondly all hope
That you still may long cope
With old Time and his weakening cares
And continue to beat
In a way so complete
All Creation for kindness and pears.

Peter Murray
by his attorney Wm. Murray1

1 William Murray was known as the "Bard of Athol" after his home "Athol Banks." He was a prominent Hamilton poet and often wrote a poem for the McQuestens, for special occasions. See Jeff Seffinga's lecture, "The Bard of Athol," Box 14-095.

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