W4950 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 7 1903
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec
My Dear Cal,
It seemed too bad that just when you were so rushed at the office, you had to be turned out of your room. Joe Thomson was telling me of their having clear proof that the American Railway Co. are at the bottom of this strike just because so much of the Western trade has been coming through Montreal, the wickedness of those men, they stop at nothing. Aside from this workmen must strike sometimes in self defense, just look at your own case, no matter how well you work or how much extra you may do, no account is taken of it and you are paid as little as possible. I think Mr. Brierley is a skin flint.
Mary is in Guelph and we are busy preparing to have Miss Reynolds the World Sec. of Y.W.C.A. and Miss McDonald Sec. of Student Volunteers to tea. It is Miss McD's father who is so kind to Ruby at the House, he is Deputy Speaker. So though it is rather hard on Hilda I was anxious to pay Miss McD. a little attention.
On Monday had a letter from Mrs. Mackay saying she wished to go to Clifton Springs and would like me to go with her, if Mr. M. would not go, but have not heard since. Afraid he is going. Reggie Whittemore went off to his Uncle's at Waterdown on Tuesday but we expect him back he has grown so tall and is so thin and stooped it is melancholy to see him. The weather keeps very cool but it is fine for working, the only trouble is having to still keep furnace going. Do not think I imagined you careless about writing. I know your letter has just missed the mail. Do not rush yourself to death, dear. I always know something has prevented. Have been rushing myself all week. Tuesday morning went out to the Buchanan's it was a long walk but it was a beautiful morning, the whole family was there except Miss Jane she is still on continent. I did not see Mrs. Harris but saw the others. I. V. & George Peter Miss Ribetti introduced her husband, he acted exactly as if he were dumb, just kept looking at her like a shy boy. Harris had been very ill for three weeks, double pneumonia. Just like him, during his illness, the nurse opened the shutters and said; it is a beautiful morning, Mr. H. lovely for the wedding referring to the Earl of Yarmouth. Harris said "There must have been a thaw in the night." Beautiful flowers from all the various Masonic orders, what I admired were wreaths of leaves, one of ivy, one of a glossy green leaf and one of a red brown leaf with a beautiful cluster of orchids. Poor M. Harris's grief had been terrible but was more composed then. Did not see Mrs. James, though she was in the house. The new Minister is a nice little man, but nervous & worn out looking. At prayer-meeting last night H's[Hilda] chair creeked and he almost jumped and at the train too, it is painful. Well, dear boy spare yourself. With much love.
Your loving mother