W1067 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his father Dr. Calvin McQuesten
Apr 9 1875
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten [New York]
My Dear Son,
I received the enclosed letter yesterday. I do think it is very mean in your Aunt Mary Flanders to put in a claim for a share in her half sister's estate.1
Now if any of the children of the half sisters do claim (and can by law) hold a share of said estate then I think they had better put in a claim for us.--Then let us give to them that is (both Hannah & Lucy) our obligation to pay over to the last married (both Hannah and Lucy) whatever may fall to us.
That would give to them a little more than they would get if we should draft our claim.
I want you to write to Lucy and say that I will write to Mary and that I will do what I can to secure to them the whole of their sisters estate.
I want you to give them an assurance that you will do anything you can to assist them. It is not a fair thing for Mrs. Flanders to try to get any of her half sisters estate.
Her father gave to the first set of children 3 in number one half of his estate; and to the second set of children 5 in number and their Mother the other half and making his will so that neither set of children could heir from the other set.--
I want to hear from you and know more definitely about your health.
Just as soon as health and circumstances will permit write to Hopkinton.
I hope you will see [Ch. Murry Esq.??] and do anything for him you can.
1 Elizabeth (Lissy) Lerned, the sister of Lucy, Catharine, Hannah and Edward Lerned and half-sister of Louisa (Lerned) McAllaster, Margarette (Lerned) McQuesten and Mary (Lerned) Flanders had died suddenly on November 24, 1874 without leaving a will. Mary Flanders had put in claims on Elizabeth's estate and wrote to her nephew Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten in hopes that he would be sympathetic to her suit (W1054, W1064). However, he was not swayed by her letters and, as his father suggests in this letter, signs a quit claim deed in favour of Lucy, Hannah and Catherine. See W1054, W1058, W1064 for more details about the conflict. For more on Calvin Brooks' involvement, see W1073, W1081, W1091.