W2279 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN from John Fisher
Oct 14 1869
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten, Hamilton, Ontario, [Canada]
From: Batavia, New York, [U.S.A.]
My dear friend,
The barrel of Seckel pears were received on Monday, but your letter yesterday.
The fruit is by far the largest and best in appearance which I have ever seen of the Seckel. Ours are so small that one half the crop is worthless. The Bartlett is the only variety which has proved good this season. They were large and of excellent quality. Apples here are not abundant. I have but one half a crop, in size small, but more than we require for our own use. We shall sell in all ten or twelve barrels. Our grapes, out side, will, in the main be lost notwithstanding we have devoted much time to their culture. Under glass our grapes are very good.
I wish to add that the barrel of pears you sent were packed in the most perfect order, and were received in the best condition. Accept many thanks. I am sorry to hear of your fathers [sic] suit resulting from his connection with the Gore Bank, but trust he will be able successfully to defend himself. I trust Calvin will call upon us on his return to New York.
With kind remembrances to your father and mother.
Mr. I.B. McQuesten,
N.B. Wife, daughter and niece are absent so that Henry is all the company I have
1 John Knox Fisher is the first cousin of Isaac's father, Dr. Calvin McQuesten. Mr. Fisher lived in Hamilton from 1835 to 1855 where he ran the McQuesten iron foundry business. He moved to Batavia, New York, in 1855. For more on Fisher, see W-MCP5-6.240.