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Mary and Isaac on their wedding day, June 18, 1873.W2259 TO MARY J. BAKER [ MCQUESTEN] from her suitor Isaac Baldwin McQuesten
Jun 30 1869
To: Mary J. Baker [McQuesten]
From: Toronto, Ontario

[Dear Miss Baker]

Will Miss Baker please accept the accompanying basket of posies?1 I thought it better to send them this way then in a bouquet, as they will keep much fresher. It is too bad this is not the season for pansies as there were some fine ones in the garden.

With kind regards to Mr. & Mrs. Baker, and hoping you may receive these all safe, and have a pleasant 'Dominion day.'


I remain yrs sincerely,
I. B. McQuesten


1 The above note is displayed on the library desk at Whitehern--with a basket of posies. Isaac and Mary were married four years later on June 18, 1873.

This is the first actual courtship letter from Isaac B. McQuesten to Mary J. Baker. However, there likely had been a relationship between them for approx. 2 years, since the frequent mention of "Angelina" in Isaac's correspondence with his friends is likely a reference to Mary. See W2795, a humourous poem about "Angelina Baker." (For the "Angelina" poem and mention of her in letters, see, W2259n, W2795, W-MCP5-6.254, W-MCP5-6.253, W-MCP5-6.251, W-MCP5-6.243).

Other courtship letters on this site at present are: W2336, W2337, W2339, W2343, W2344, W2351, W2361, W2364, W2368, W2377, W2380, W2392.




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