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W2392 TO MARY J. BAKER [MCQUESTEN] from her fiance, Isaac Baldwin McQuesten
May 6 1873
To: Mary J. Baker, Toronto, Ontario
From: 11 Main Str. E., Hamilton, Ontario

Barristers Attorneys-at-Law,
Solicitors in Chancery, &c.
11 Main St. East, Hamilton, Ontario
William Proudfoot, Q.C., John W. Jones
I. B. McQuesten
May 6, 1873

My own jewel,

You'll think your fate is to be wedded to the most mercurial of mortals. But to tell the story. I've taken another house, and trusted, as I have already put the one first rented into a substantial state of repair, that your father will take it off my hands. The matter had to be decided on the spur of the moment. Father strongly advised me to it; as the two houses are about a hundred yards apart.1 This one has rooms 15 & 18 by 16 feet down stairs; 4 rooms upstairs, water, but not bath, and gas. Is $240. rent. Can have it for any term. Has marble [?] pieces.

The consideration in my mind, of course, I intended to pay rent on both till Mr. & Mrs. Baker come here. My fears are they may be offended at my deciding on a house without giving them time to consent; but, as I said, it had to be concluded at once. The new one would be larger than they would want. If, however, they would prefer it, I would a thousand times rather they should take it than that they should feel I am trying to shove something off on them. What I have done in the shape of repairs, I should insist in any case should be at my expense. So much for this. The loss by drawing room carpet being already cut will be very slight; as they can be almost entirely utilized. The back yard would be wide enough for croquet. Let me know if your father looks favourably upon it. The curtain hooks are to be six for each curtain, twelve hooks to the pair--time fails--send by p.p. Am desperately busy. Will write as soon as have a spare half hour.

As ever, yours, my own jewel,
I. B. McQ.
[Isaac Baldwin McQuesten]

1 It is not known if this is the house that Isaac had rented on James St. (W2364). However he eventually found an attached house at No. 1 & 3 Bold Street, and Mary's parents moved into the other part of the house.

2 Isaac and Mary were married on June 18, 1873. Other courtship letters on this site at present are: W2259, W2336, W2337, W2339, W2343, W2344, W2351, W2361, W2364, W2368, W2377, W2380, W2392.

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