W4379 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her son Calvin McQuesten.
Jul 23 1891
To: Mary Baker McQuesten.
From: Calvin McQuesten. Rochester, N.Y., Unites States.
July 23, '91
My dear Mother,
As it is so hot this afternoon that I cannot go out I think that I will give you a short account of what I have been doing since I left you. We reached Niagara about 5 o'clock, but had to wait quite a while till the baggage was being examined at although the outward appearance of my elegant valise seemed quite to assure the official that there was nothing inside worth his trouble. As we passed along the river I had a very good view of the Falls and I do not think that the accounts I have heard were very much exaggerated, but as I have no guide book to copy from I will not attempt to describe them.
We reached Buffalo about 6 o'clock and there 20 minutes were allowed for refreshments, but between the dirt and smoke I was exceedingly glad to get to the county again. It seems I was considerably out about the time I should reach here, for it seems the train was due at 8:10, and about that time I arrived. Jonas met me at the station and took me to a restaurant where I got a good supper after which we went to Jonas' office and he relieved my mind very much by offering to write you himself which he did. Staying at the house now are Miss French the housekeeper, Mrs. Brian a former housekeeper and Mrs. Henry Mathews a brother of Mrs. Mathews who takes his meals here. The first night I did not get to sleep till quite late on account of the clatter of the horses' feet on the asphalt pavement with which the city is largely paved, this pavement is splendid for the bicyclists of whom there are almost half women & girls of ages from 9 years to 50.
Your laziest son