W4984 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 14 1903 Saturday Evening [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec
Was sorry to hear from your letter to-day that you were disappointed as to trip. The objection to postponing to September is same as before that you might get on Star and lose your holiday. Otherwise of course it would refresh you after the trying weather of August. But it is simply abominable to propose a week at a time, two weeks at one time is little enough. Did you tell Wolf that you particularity wanted to go to the homestead &c? How would it do to bring it before Mr. Brierley or ask Walsh to tell him of Wolf's annoying proposal. If Walsh is assistant Editor it seems to me, he might talk things over with Mr. B. If he will not give you two weeks it does seem as if it would be better to wait and see if Wolf would change his plan, I cannot see why they keep such a man in that position. Did you tell him, that a week at a time gave you no chance to go any where? Scarcely think I would spend the money on just a week, but trust that Wolf would think better of it. I cannot see why it would be any harm to appeal to Mr. Brierley. He must know you do not shirk your work.
Had no letter from Ruby to-day, just one from Tom written the same day yours was, before he heard of exams. Think it strange that Ruby has not written a word since either, it is not like her to say nothing when anything extra occurs. Mary and Florrie Bell went off yesterday to Convocation but the weather has been so rainy that I am afraid they have not enjoyed their trip and they have not come home to-night.
Well I hope something will turn up to help you out of the difficulty. We must pray about it, it may for some reason not be best for you to go now. It is a nuisance that Tom is in such a place, we can only hear from him occasionally. Your article on Dr. Fletcher was extremely well written. Mr. Chisholm thought so, and Mrs. Mullin to whom I read it. I hope you sent the copies I told you. The likeness was good too, the one in our paper was a fright.
Well good night my dear, I hope something will turn up for you. Mrs. Mullin thinks it not right that your name is not signed to what you write.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] If you can get two weeks the mid of next week is not too late to start