W2325 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his brother Isaac B. McQuesten
Jan 27 1873
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten [New York, New York]
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Brother
Your note received. Either you made mistake in reading, or I in writing date that I wanted answered by. It was intended for 28th, not 23rd. Am glad you talked with Dr. O. [Ormiston]. Believe me I shall act as prudently as in my power. Your caution about Mrs. Sawyer1 may have been most necessary. Will explain at length when next I write. Go to Toronto day after tomorrow. Don't want to write the Dr. a short note, & for that reason will wait till my return. If within next ten days you write me direct to care of my fair one2 "Box 666, Toronto." No new development. Have avoided a single word just now. Am cramming very hard. So excuse this. Will send your chain first opportunity. Write me as soon as you have time. God knows I don't want to consult my own mere comfort in this matter, but the good of us all. Truly your brother
1 Possibly the wife of Isaac's and Calvin Brooks' cousin, Payson Sawyer, one of the McQuesten cousins to take over McQuesten & Co., the foundry started by Dr. Calvin McQuesten and his cousin John Knox Fisher in 1835. See Dr. Calvin McQuesten's biography and the biographical footnote on Fisher at W-MCP5-6.240.
2 Mary-Jane Baker, who married Isaac on June 18, 1873 and was known thereafter as Mary Baker McQuesten. It appears that she had broken off their lengthy engagement at least once and possibly twice: once in 1870 for a year, likely because of Isaac's drinking (W2285, W-MCP5-6.256, W-MCP5-6.257); it would appear she jilted him again in late 1872 or early 1873 although by March of 1873 the engagement had been renewed (W2339).