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W5317 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 1 1904 [date listed not exact - letter was written between 1904/09/30 and 1904/10/10]
To: Calvin McQuesten [At 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto] Toronto
From: 'Whitehern'

My dear Calvin

I received the Westminster you sent me to-day and also the ones I ordered, for I sent my subscription for it, and will send you the August number with first of Ralph Connor's news story, unless you have already seen it. Tom came in last night & went off to Toronto this morning. He expects to be with you over Sabbath; he wants to come back here Monday to hear Laurier & Aylesworth & not go back on the Survey: if so we can send down his trunk and your things in it too.

I hope you are not getting tired rushing about and what I want particularly to say to you is, that you must use the Sabbath for a day of rest. Now, Calvin, you must do what I say. You must not undertake any class of work of any kind, but you must just take a sleep on Sabbath afternoon. You see it is of the most absolute importance that you keep your health, and no man can keep on the full run for seven days of the week without breaking down. I know it is very hard for you to keep quiet, but you must do so, or you will find yourself when examination time comes so worn out, that you will not be able to stand the strain.1

It has been quiet cold these last two days; it is a very uncomfortable time in the house; the only comfortable place is in the kitchen. I will enclose "Turbinia" time table as it is changed again. Shall I send a copy of Westminster to John McQuesten?

Well dearie, I must close, I hope you have found good board, I do not feel at all satisfied that you had such a short time at home. With much love, dear boy.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] If Tom wants to come up for Monday night, suggest to him that he can come by 5 o'clock boat, get his dinner on the Turbinia & reach Drill Hall by 7 o'clock, as it comes up in less than 2hrs. Give him your return ticket, as going back he might use our remaining Macassa trip, he would get into Toronto almost as soon, since Turbinia does not leave now till 9.15 a.m. I shall see Booker & try if he could fit you on the Friday Evening (turn over) & have the suit finished to go back with you Monday morning. You see there is now no afternoon boat from here. Of course if Tom thinks so, it would seem to be almost better for him to begin his law next week on Monday morning & I can send down all his things. Will I keep his suit case here for you to use going back with your suit? Will let you know if Booker can finish your suit on Saturday 16th for you to wear on Sabbath.

There will be a change of time in the running of the Turbinia which will begin on Monday October 10, and continue during the balance of the season. She will leave Hamilton at 9:15 a.m. and returning will leave Toronto at 5 o'clock. The fare for the round trip will be 50 cents, and will be good at any time during the season.


1 Mary is concerned that Calvin may be headed for another breakdown. Her worry that it is very difficult for him to "keep quiet" suggests a hyperactive or manic period.




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