W2285 TO ISAAC BALDWIN MCQUESTEN From E. [G??] Patterson
Sep 12 1870
To: Isaac Baldwin McQuesten [Toronto]
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear McQuesten,
Your note of Friday grieved and puzzled me a great deal. At your earnest request I have said nothing to any one about it nor will I question you. I will take for granted;--
First, that nothing has occurred to mar our personal friendship; if you think there has, your news must be false.
Second, that somebody connected with Mr. Las [sic] Geddes' family has made some unkind remark about you, or that you have been told so.
Third, that that somebody was not Miss Baker.1 If I am correct in these suppositions, I still want you to come, and shall be very unwilling to release you from your promise. If it would be unpleasant for you do anything more, you can come to the Church with me, stand near me during the ceremony, escort a lady unknown to you to her carriage and then drive home with the other groomsmen. You cannot compromise yourself in any way by doing that much. My own honor
[sic] and feelings are as much concerned in the matter as yours can be. If you are not ashamed of me, I want to shew [sic] to them all that I consider it an honor to number you among my friends. Hoping that you will think no more of the unpleasantness, whatever it may be, I am
My dear fellow
very sincerely yours
1 Likely Mary Jane Baker who married Isaac on June 18, 1873 and was known after that as Mary Baker McQuesten.