W5008 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 2 1903
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec
My dear dear Cal,
We were so glad to hear to-day from you. I was wondering how you managed to take Monday. Altogether you seemed to have had such a delightful time. It was so fortunate to meet that lady, she seemed to have been the very one to show you everything, one saves so much time by having a good guide. Mrs. Mullin is here and wonders if you saw Cemetery at Plymouth.
On Monday we had Grace and her future husband, we are all disgusted. He is a good kind sort of man, but is most miserable looking, delicate & thin with scarcely any hair. When we went out after tea into the garden, he put on a black silk Skull-Cap. Hilda & Ruby feel very badly about it. Grace says she is quite happy, but I am sure she was just afraid of teaching all her life and Lizzie pushed it on, I wonder if she thought G. would give her mother a home and relieve her. Jack [Rioch] has a son Stephen Pierson and is "Ein tickled to death".
Tom writes that he would like to have you to send him the Montreal Herald for two months to Carleton P.O. Carleton Co. and he will pay you. We have had some very warm days but fortunately cooler to-day as Edna began her exams this morning. She was nearly worn out this morning, but the history paper suited her and she feels quite cheerful, she dreaded it the most.
She and Hilda will be starting off about 19th. I am waiting to hear from Helen Gartshore as to prices of board near by, for I would like Mary to have a change, she needs it very much. And the return fare to Roach's Point is only $3.75.
We have never had George Adam Smith's, "Life of Drummond." We are thinking of giving him [Tom] something extra as it is his 21st birthday, was not quite decided. Thought of a pin, but he might lose it, then thought of ebony military brushes. If he goes to Chapter House they would look good on his table, can you suggest anything or which. I wish you were going to continent with your two sisters. It was almost too much to expect that you would get to the coast, suppose some senior got it, if they would only give you the chance you would surprise them, I feel sure.
We feel so sorry for the Culhams, Mr. Culham suffered terribly; poor Hubert has to give up thought at present of going to Varsity, though he wrote exams day before his father's funeral. Well, dear see that Tom's paper is sent at once, I have sent him last two Saturday's they had so many speeches of British Statesmen. Sorry your holiday is over, with much love.
Your loving mother