W1073 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his uncle Edward A.H. Lerned
Apr 16 1875
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten [New York]
From: Lockport Will Co., Illinois
My Dear Nephew;
Enclosed I send you a letter received yesterday from Your Cousin H. McAllister [McAllaster] of Chicago. The legal heirs of my sister E.T. Lerned are all signing on giving quit claim deeds of their claims to the effects of said deceased sister in favor of the surviving sisters, feeling that they are justly entitled to the same fore their support in their declining years & it was also her desire that they should have the avails of her labor. Trust my dear nephew that you will at you earliest convenience execute such a quit claim, in favor of your Aunts Lucy A. Lerned, Hannah B. Lerned & Catharine C.P. Lerned.1 by doing this, you will simply be doing justice to your Aunts, and they will thus be pleased and gratified. I feel that you will do this. My kind regards to yourself. Please write to me when you have done this. I should be pleased to hear from you & of your welfare.
Most Respectfully Your Uncle
E.A.H. Lerned M.D.
[Written after the previous letter in Dr. C.B. McQuesten's handwriting:]
April 26 1875
Yours came to hand this P.M. and would say that I have written to Aunt Lucy to say that I had no claims of any kind.
I am sorry that my relatives are so much concerned about me, I have and hope always to continue to attend to my own affairs.
With much Respect
[P.S.] The above is as nearly verbatim the answer as I can give some time after writing and sealing the letter to my uncle.2
[Written vertically across C.B. McQuesten's letter above:]
Did not send this letter but the one on the following page.
1 Dr. C.B. McQuesten's father had suggested that they put in claims for some of Elizabeth's property in hopes that Mary Flanders would thus receive less of her half-sister's estate and in turn, they would turn over anything they might be awarded to Elizabeth's surviving sisters. Elizabeth had not left a will, and Dr. C. McQuesten had hoped to thwart Mary's attempts to take the property (W1067). See W1058, W1064, W1069 and W1075 for more information.
Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten did sign a quit claim concerning his aunt Elizabeth Lerned's estate (W1073, W1081, W1091).
2 Calvin Brooks' wrote some of his own comments on Edward's letter and then forwarded it to his aunts Catharine and Lucy Lerned as requested (see W1081). See W1075 for a draft of C.B. McQuesten's reply to Edward's letter.