W5225 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 6 1904 Monday
To: Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
From: No.5 Queens Park Toronto
My dear Calvin
Here I am at Mrs. Mackays for a few days. On Friday had a letter from Maggie that the house was settled. Mrs. Senkler gone and Mrs. Mackay would like to see me a few days. So I wrote at once I would like to come to-day, as Tom was coming down, for this is to be a week of festivity at Varsity. So we came down on the Boat this morning. Gertrude King came down with us and her mother met us at the wharf, they were inquiring most kindly for you. This afternoon Mr. Mackay wanted to call at Government House and wished me to go with him, so I made myself as smart as possible and went with him. Mrs. Clark was giving this reception for a bride, Mrs. Calderwood, formerly Miss Justinia Harrison a daughter of the late Judge Harrison. Mrs. Clark is always so nice and told me she was so disappointed at Tom's not getting the Scholarship, she had been quite anxious about it. Saw Mrs. Vander Smissen & Edith there too.
There are to be Shakespearian plays afternoon & evenings at Varsity by Ben Greet, so I expect to see "As you like it" on Thursday. Hilda expects to come down that day to stay with Mary Trigge and go in the evening and go to Convocation on Friday. Mary & Mr. Mullin are to come Friday. I hate to tell you of all these gaieties, when you cannot be here, but you are so unselfish I know you will be glad to think I am here. Poor Mrs. Mackay is of course very very weak and Mr. M. looks very old and worn and can no longer joke. Gordon seems very well just now.
Did I tell you that 25 out of 32 Council were for Tom and then whilst Loudon was down South, Hutton got the Senate to give it into a committee hands and singly held on and forced it. McGregor Young told somebody, he had talked with Paterson and he was "an Athletic ninny." All the same I really think Tom needs just to keep at work, for as he says after having $1500. a year to live on for three yrs. it would have been very hard to come back to a narrow income in a law office.
Now I must not write more, for I do not like to stay away long from Mr. M. as I am out a good deal and I must post this for fear you do not get it in time. It is lovely here, just looking out on the Park right across to the front door of Parliament Buildings. Much pleasanter situation than the old house and very quiet too for there is no asphalt pavement. Enjoyed your last letter so much. Am sure you are a fine preacher, and is a marvelous what you are able to do. With fondest love my dear dear boy.
Your loving mother.