W2297 TO DR. CALVIN MCQUESTEN From his son Isaac Baldwin McQuesten
Feb 25 1872
To: Dr. Calvin McQuesten Hamilton, Ontario
From: Malone, Ontario
My dear Father
I have been watching rather anxiously the results of the past three days before writing you. The new opening in the lower range of rock gives a fair prospect of being good. And if the vein in the deep shaft continues to widen as it has done, the look-out will be more encouraging. I knew nothing about what we were at till I came here. My first letter to you was perhaps more discouraging than it ought to have been; though as far as the facts are concerned they are substantially as I stated them. Tomorrow I am going to the Gatling--the owner of which is the brother of the inventor of the celebrated American [??] of that name--and Cooke mines; and am in hopes I may derive some information of material benefit to us. There is just this fact: other mills are working & making handsome profits but all without exception, have met with heavy discouragement at starting & have invariably sunk money for some time. You need make no calculation upon keeping aside money for a large mill; for from all that I have seen, I would be averse even were it a paying concern tomorrow, [sic] to put up a large mill till we had several thousands tons of first rate ore ahead. We had undoubtedly better go on taking out rock & only running the mill where we have good stuff on hand. For the sake of a few hundred dollars it would be unwise to abandon the scheme, but there will no other money be required than the pay of about six men. Owing to the stopping of the mill I cannot obtain as full a knowledge of Jenkins [sic] peculiar process as I otherwise could; yet he is imparting to me all the information he can; and the main point is the chemical compound with which he charged his mercury.
I think I will return home about the end of next week or the middle of the week after. I am not hurrying as you write very satisfactorily reports of the state of your health; & I most earnestly trust and pray that it may so continue and that for many years yet. If Mitchell is at home I purpose going to Millbrook for a few days next week. I expect a letter from him when I go into Madoc on Saturday. Mr. [Wishart??] wished to be remembered kindly to you. I am to spend next Saturday evening with him & Mrs. W. His health is better than in the summer. Shall try & send you another note in a couple of days. With best wishes to recover
most Sincerely yours
1 To see another letter about Malone, see W2301.