W5078 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 18 1903
To: Calvin McQuesten, Montreal, Quebec
My dear dear Cal,
As the girls have gone off to see the illumination at the beach I am here by myself so will begin my weekly epistle. Have just been up to see Mrs. T. & Laura, Mrs. Thomson brought me a beautiful silk scarf from London and I was very glad I had taken her a very pretty Indian basket I had got at Port Carling.
I have sent you papers of the Carnival, notice the page of ladies, and the account is in the most interesting thing in it. Have sent one to John Salter, John McQuesten, Payson Sawyer, Miss Fisher and Tom & Mrs. MacKay. Will try & get another for Miss Lerned, she knew some of them. We are so sorry you are not here, it is lots of fun. This morning's procession of "Old Boys" was most interesting and to me very pathetic. It is astonishing when one thinks of the number. Fancy 150 from New York. I believe the list of names was in Spectator, will try & get one. The decorations are very pretty and show a great deal of taste, and I really think it was a good idea altogether. Arthur Lauder came to see us, it is twenty years since he went away and he says he saw so many he knew for years, when he has been here before his associates were away, but this time nearly all his school class is here too.
I thought your account of German officers most pleasing and very clever to make so much out of it. It was provoking they would not make room for Knowleton. Wasn't it very sad about Mr. Pirie? Such a distressing thing happened to-day too. A postman on a street car was watching the procession, to see his sons in it, and he was hanging on the outside and didn't see the car coming down King, which killed him instantly.
So thankful that Edna's name was in the list of "passed" in this evening's Spectator. In some way it was crowded out of the Times and her patience had become exhausted & she was really getting worn out with suspense. You can imagine the wild cheering when Ruby came in with the news that she had passed.
Am afraid you have just robbed your self. But will pay you back, when you are wanting your clothes.
Well, we have just come back from the last procession. We are nearly exhausted with sight seeing. Yesterday morning was the Salon Parade by the ladies. It was really lovely, will send you a paper which gives you a good description. It was by far the best procession. The Trades & Labour was nothing in comparison with what we used to have long ago. The only really pretty thing was the Longshoreman's float. A large vessel manned by little boys in white sailor suits and of course the large numbers of men in procession. This took place to-day (which is Civic Holiday) in the morning. Then we hurried home, took a light lunch and off before one to see the Military set out from the Gore to a review at Jockey Club. It was not very fine, as none of the Toronto Regiments were there. The London & Brantford men wear the dark rifle suits and our men are in Khaki. Just the Guelph (I think ) were in scarlet with fur busbies. Then the 65th Buffalo were really fine large men and marched well, I believe they are regulars.
Last night we had Mrs. Mullin and Willie for tea and they and the girls went up to Dundurn, where the fire-works were extremely fine, they say. No old boys known to us have turned up, but the stir and bustle and brightness have been pleasant and the weather perfectly beautiful, so that one enjoys going out.
On Monday went up to see Jessie Proudfoot, she looks wonderfully well but I see she can hardly speak about her father, at the same time he must have been a constant care and strain upon her. She spoke about your "lovely letter" and said she fully intended answering them, but not quite immediately.
That is a notable Gathering is it not? The British Chamber of Commerce. I was wondering, if you were at any of the meetings. I suppose M. Brierley himself would be there. Lord Strathcona seems to me to be most remarkable man, (if the papers report him correctly) he seems to be equal to any occasion and his address far superior to Lord Grassey. Well I must close. Are you coming for Labour day? Hope you can. In paper about Local Parade, am marking a clever joke of poor Pirie's. One cannot forget him. With Much love, dear.
Your loving mother