W2333 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his brother Isaac B. McQuesten
Mar 1 1873
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, [New York, New York, U.S.A.]
From: Hamilton, OntarioPROUDFOOT, JONES & MCQUESTEN
Solicitors in Chancery, &c.,
OFFICE, No. 11 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ont.
WILLIAM PROUDFOOT, Q.C., JOHN W. JONES
My dear Brother,
You were kept in delay for some time last month, so I will do better this time. At the arrival of the 9 a.m. train today from Toronto, I met Dr. Ormiston on his way back to New York after attending his mother's funeral. I gave him the chain; also a stone that I want you to get out. You will see that at the base it has been rounded off and dimmed. The jeweller says because it was so hard, New York is the only place where there are lapidaries. And if you can find out who is a good one, have him cut the part discussed in whatever angles will shew [sic] the stone to the best advantage. I will, send you whatever it may cost.
As to home matter, I was very glad I saw Dr. O., we had more than half an hour's talk at the station, and from what he told me, Mrs. McQ. [Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten] has treated him in a decidedly uncourteous manner; & made accusations against him quite unfounded & untrue. He has acted through the whole matter in a way that could not but increase my respect for him. With both her, you & myself he has advised moderation; and he has held up to her the course she ought to pursue in a way that she does not at all relish. Nothing I verily believe more thoroughly alarms her than the fear that you may come home to live; & I think she has rolled it over, in her mind, & has concluded that her kindly conduct towards father can alone avert it. From the recent experience I have had of her, I cannot pretend to prophecy what change may take place or what game she may play in a month's time. She knows one thing: that she cannot do it secretly. What my arrangements may be I cannot yet tell you. As soon as I know myself I will write you all about them. I fancy when the shew comes off, as old Mitchell would say, that Dr. O. will come over, at least he so expressed himself. As to you, of course you must; that don't admit of any dispute.1
How have you been getting along this winter? Have you had a good run of business of late? You have not said a word about your rheumatism, so I infer
[Isaac B. McQuesten]
1 The "shew" Isaac is referring to is possibly his and Mary's wedding. In the end, in spite of repeated invitations, neither Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten nor Dr. Ormiston attended the event, which took place on June 18, 1873.