W2485 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his brother Isaac McQuesten
May 25 1877
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten New York
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Brother,
As you may imagine your letter caused me much anxiety yet I am glad that you alluded to the cause of trouble & also permitted me to mention it to father. Of course since you do not wish me to speak of it to Mary I am tongue tied; though I have never found anything I mentioned to her go further, least of all to her parents. There is no need of assuring you that father wanted you to take all those means that will be most likely to prove beneficial towards you. I am very glad we are soon to meet; for there are many things it is much pleasanter or easier talking about than writing about: Now see here. Old chap.
My establishment is going to Proudfoot's House up on the mountain for the summer. Scarlet fever and measles are raging all about town, the former of a very malignant type; & father is urging me everyday to get the children moved. The place is a beautiful one, just on the brow, with the cool, fresh breeze from the Lake. After our proposed trip, would you come home spend the summer with us.1
You know that Mary thinks everything of you & would do anything for you. And perhaps you could not take a better course. However you can think the matter over & will discuss it later on. Unless absolutely necessary I cannot leave town till a few days after the ninth of June. But if I can do anything for you let me know. In a future letter we'll appoint time & place of meeting. Write me more fully about yourself, as well on father's a/c [account] or mine. I earnestly trust you may recover more rapidly & readily than you now anticipate. Lest you may be short of funds I send you draft. Trusting to hear soon. Believe me as ever.
Sincerely your brother
1 Dr. Calvin Brooks stated that he had been recovering from pneumonia (March, 1875, W1419). On April 5, 1875, Isaac's letter to Calvin mentions a "relapse" (W2456).
In July, 1877 (W1449) Calvin was still in New York, still recovering; but feeling stronger and planning a hunting trip in the fall. Calvin did come to Hamilton but it is not known for how long, see letter of Sept. 16, (W1470) to him in Hamilton.