Jas. Chisholm M.A.
Successor to McQuesten & Chisholm
Office Victoria Chambers 31 James St. SouthW1672 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from James Chisholm
Mar 15 1889
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, Dobbs Ferry, New York, U.S.A.
From: 31 James Street South, Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Doctor,
I have your favor of 12th inst. I enclose herewith Draft for three hundred & fifty Dollars as asked & the balance I will look round for an investment for. I have collected the Wood note & credited you with it. I was going to ask you about applying it on Arcade taxes in arrear [sic] but forgot to do so. What do you say about it? I have to do something to keep them quiet now and the Orchard Lots are still unsold though we may do something to keep them this spring. I have looked after your interests in regard to the Dower on Arcade in same way that the old lady's dower on homestead is arranged. Neither dower is removed although the agreement between you & Mrs. McQuesten is registered and your rights are ascertained by it. I thought it would be as well for the present to leave the matter in that way. The title can be made straight at any time.
I have been interviewing the Directors of the Y.M.C.A. & find that Gallagher made an offer for rooms in their Building which they accepted. Afterwards he wanted a private office addition and a tower in the roof &c &c in fact he wanted to dictate to the Directors how to build their building & they washed their hands of him. Under the circumstances I shall I think ask him $600 as I proposed. How about the deadening of the floor of the Hall. He will want as previously to reserve certain nights for his Night-school & have a Covenant similar to the one in present Lease. I think a Lease for Five years is long enough. You do not want of course to man the expense of deadening the floor of the Hall if it can be avoided. Gallagher however will use that as a lever to obtain better terms.
If he does not call soon I will call on him as there is no time to lose in arranging either with him or some other party for a lease of the Hall & Rooms.1
I trust you will be able to devote yourself with good results to your furbishing up with a view to resuming practice.
Yours very truly
Dr. C.B. McQuesten
P.S. The Hamilton Assoc'n [sic]. Lease expires on 1st May & ["the" crossed out] a Committee has been appointed to [??] with reference to the same.
[Yours & ??]
1 For more about Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten's legal and financial issues, see W1652, WW1658, W1661, and W1675.