W5303 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 29 1904
To: Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
My dear dear boy,
Your letter came on Saturday with pictures of Van Cleave it is so interesting to have the various scenes of Western life. I could not get the Dekko paper here, so wrote off immediately to Ramsay & Co. Toronto where I got your mounts. I sent the mounts to-day also. When I [they?] asked at Toronto P.O. what the package was, I said photos, then I said mounts "O" he said "that will cost more." I hope I was not dishonest to-day at our P.O. but I simply said "Cards" & paid 12cts. Hope you will get them all in good time.
We are expecting Tom this week, for we telegraphed him as I heard that he could get return ticket to Toronto Exhibition for 5.50 and as Ruby can use the return, it is a great swap she goes next Monday, so hope Tom has got the telegram. On Friday we had Mr. & Mrs. Milne of Ottawa for Tea & as Dr. & Mrs. Fletcher could not come I invited Mr. Little, Mr. Chisholm & Heurner Mullin, and in the afternoon who appeared but Dr. Rains so we had a great table as Mary Taylor is here. But they all seemed to enjoy it immensely. Mr. & Mrs. Milne (Alice Cook) are so bright and pleasent. Mr. Milne is a Queen's man and had so much to tell Edna. There is a Women's Residence under the care of a Mrs. Goodwin a niece of Sir Oliver Mowat, which makes Queen's an ideal College for girls. Of course Edna does not mean to go this year. It seemed odd that Dr. Rains should come from Minnesota & meet Heurner, when Robin had been up the night before to bid us good-bye before starting for Minneapolis; he has got a position as Demonstrator in the State University, but his mother feels badly as he is going so far.
This afternoon we are having some girls to a verandah "Tea." Our verandah is so lovely in the afternoon that we thought we would give a little Tea on it before Ruby went off, it is just a perfect day and the little tables look so pretty with the flowers.
To-morrow we take all the books down in the library and clean them and get things ready for the Dustless Carpet cleaner. During this month they offer cheaper rates, and people like it so much that I thought I would try it as our carpets are very dirty. If I could afford it would have furniture done too, it is said to be just fine. So I had to write you to-day as we shall all have to work like trojans. Mary Taylor is staying to help us. Tuesday, We have got the books done. Must catch post.
Your loving mother