W2419 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his brother Isaac Baldwin McQuesten
Sep 3 1873
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, New York
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Brother
You have been kept waiting till the middle of the month for your money for some time back. Am sorry I could not make it up to a hundred dollars; but will perhaps be able to when you come home. Now I hope you can manage to put it off till the 15th, as Mary has gone to Toronto for a short time; & she timed it so as to be back by the time you first intended to be here: viz:--the 15th. Moreover you will not get much fruit if you come earlier.
If you go to Pennsylvania, the beginning of October would be a more certain time for having good weather to go there than latter September, as you are sure of the equinoctial time some time this month. In any event, Calvin, try to make as long a stay here as you can. I wish Mrs. McQ.1 would take it into her head to go for a trip while you come home; but she loves you too well not to desire to make her devoirs to you. Father told me quite smilingly she was going to The Falls with Mr. Childs today. He says he don't [sic] want you to insult her in any way: in fact to have as little as possible to do with her. But there will be time enough for these things when you are here. I hope she'll give you a little touch of her dulcet silvery tones. Even Miss Henwood pitches into her at a great rate once in a while.
By the way, Calvin, don't be disgusted at my mentioning it, but I would like if you would bring with you some little thing for Mary; & I can let you have what it costs--since as we are neither of us quite self-supporting you need feel no delicacy. It would please her I know. What it should be I cannot say. A good many things she has in the shape of all sorts of scopes, trinkets, plate &c. One thing she has often spoken of is a jewel case. I dare say you could get one of them without going to any extravagant figure. Excuse my mentioning this, but I thought there would be no harm in doing so. Let me know if you need some more money before starting, & I think I can raise it; also when I may expect you, & I'll meet you at the station. Yours in a hurry, but none the less truly.
I.B. McQuesten [Isaac Baldwin McQuesten]
1 Elizabeth Fuller McQuesten, Isaac's and Calvin Brooks' stepmother and Dr. Calvin McQuesten's third wife, who could be very unpleasant and demanding. She fought with her stepchildren over Dr. McQuesten's will, see W-MCP5-6.351 for details and links.