W3816 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER FROM GEORGE CORNISH.
Dec 5 1883
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: Montreal, Ontario
My dear Sir;-
Yours of the 1st with enclosed P.O. Address I duly received yesterday, and I have to acknowledge the same, with my best thanks on behalf of all benefited by your gracious likeability. I will make the appropriation as you desired.
I fear you must have thought me sadly lacking in sympathy not to write to you on the mounful occasion of your dear wife's death; but being in England at the time & not seeing our Canadian papers, I knew nothing of it. For your sake as well as her own, I held her in high esteem; and I feel severe that you must feel very deeply the lofs [sic] of one who was so good and had been so much to you for so many years. I sincerely sympathise with you in your bereavement and heavy lofs [sic], but rejoice in the afsurance [sic] that what has been lefs [sic] to you has been gain to God. It must be a great comfort to you to be so near your daughter and her family.
Thank you for all the good and kind things you say about the College. For more than 19 years have I given very much of my time, thought, and energy to [?] its interests, from the self same conviction as your own, that it is for "[sheet?] ranchor [sic]"- but the apathy and the indifference of the Churches is very discouraging. Your letter is so excellent, and [ad ran?], that I shall send to the Independent cut such parts of it as I think may be of service to thus, by way of [stanctus?]. Of most, I shall not send any part of a personal or private nature, and not even that if you object; but your silence I shall take for your consent.
It was an odd coincidence that only last Sunday, on our way from Church, Mr.& Mrs. Hague & myself were talking about you and Mrs. Baker, and they were asking me if I had heard anything about you or from you lately. So I felt it would be no violation of confidence were I to let them read your letter, which I did last night. It afforded them much pleasure, so interesting was it, but much feared because of the many bereavements you have suffered. I send you Mr. H's lecture;- it is good and will help to will away an hour for you. Mr. Hague is a true friend to all that you and I value, he has given $5000 toward the Coll. Building & will give more.
But I must stop, or I shall weary you. Mrs. Cornish joins me in all kindly remembrances and greetings. Mr. and Mrs. Hague also send kind regards.