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W2301 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his brother Isaac Baldwin McQuesten
Feb 25 1872
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten
From: Malone, Ontario

My dear Brother,

I have been in these forsaken regions nearly two weeks now; & I must say, that having practically 'experienced' these regions, I would not live in them if I could make a million a year. I always fancied I could get along pretty well if that out from the world, but there would have to be a little more nature or rather a somewhat pleasanter side of it, for there is nothing but her ladyship here. I will leave for home next week; as to weathering this intense cold much longer is too much of a good thing.

The ore they are getting out now looks better than any before; pure iron pyrites. I spent the other day with Galting, an American, who had a mine near here, brother of the celebrated [??]. His rock is richer than any we have. Indeed I did not suppose any of the mines were yielding at the rate his is. I saw numerous pieces wild free gold as it came up to the mouth of the mine. He shewed [sic] me Prof. Chapman's (of Univ. Coll. [University College1] Toronto) report. he had taken $168.00 per ton of free gold from good specimens; & from the average rock $133.34. Had I not seen the report I should not have accredited it, notwithstanding all the rumors [sic] I have heard. On my return I shall on Chapman as I know him quite well. What I dislike about going on here is that it is going to take up too much of my time. I shall practice law & it is about enough to occupy me. Besides you know at home there are many things that keep me from work that would not if I were away from there. I am going to remain over & see Mitchell on my way back. The old fellow wrote me wanting me to come & examine the state of his flock. Did you see Mrs. Payson Sawyer2 in N.Y. & [??] her new back [hair??]? She just got it before leaving Hamilton; probably at a reduced price, as that style had just recently gone out of fashion. By the way Willie McQ. gave me the history of that man who owns Worthington's house: he came from [Muscatino??] Iowa. Do you think of coming home in the Spring or Fall this year? Father writes me that he is keeping better than he has been at any time for the past six months.

How are the Dr. & his family flourishing? I have not heard from them since about New Years. Write & let me know how you are getting along. I will probably be at home by the time you receive this.3

Sincerely your brother

I.B. McQuesten


1 Now University of Toronto.


2 Mr. Payson Sawyer was Isaac's cousin. Payson Sawyer and his brothers Luther and Samuel as well as their cousin William McQuesten bought shares in the Hamilton iron foundry started by Dr. Calvin McQuesten (Isaac's father) and his cousin John Knox Fisher in 1835. For more see Dr. Calvin McQuesten's biography and footnote on Fisher at W-MCP5-6.240.


3 Isaac wrote a similar letter to his falther while in Malone, see W2297.




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