[Date incorrect in Calendar, listed as May 13, 1905, should be l903]W5326 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 13 1903
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec
My dear dear Cal.
Since I wrote you I have been in a constant state of uncertainty as to when I was to start for Clifton Springs. Mrs. Mackay wrote me to be prepared to start at short notice, expected to go end of last week, then Monday then Tuesday, Tuesday evening had telegram postponing to Wednesday and Wednesday had telegram postponing indefinitely. Poor Mrs. Mackay! Had a letter to-day she was so disappointed, she was so anxious to get away for a change, but first Mr. M. ill and then she herself not well. But when it was postponed to Wednesday, I was not anxious to go, for it would have only given me a week till you would come, & perhaps we may go afterwards.
Mary came home on Monday from Guelph, she was there nearly a week and enjoyed herself thoroughly, Grace Davidson was so kind and all the convention are so nice, there were 600 delegates, to whom lunch was served for three days in one church whilst the meeting was held in another. One day 175 women from the country round came in for the day.
Last night we had the Bible Society Meeting in our church, Dr. Fletcher presided but Dr. Potts gave the speech of the Evening. It was really a magnificent address on the Bible, he related an anecdote of Lord Tennyson, a gentleman walking with the poet asked him what he thought of Jesus Christ. Tennyson did not reply at once and the gentleman wondered if he wouldn't answer but at the last coming to a rose bush the poet said "What the Sun is to that rose, Jesus Christ is to my soul." As Dr. Potts said, he thought it the most beautiful thing he had ever heard said of Jesus Christ. Then he told us the Bible Society originated with a little girl in Wales, Mary Jones in 1802. She spoke to her minister Thomas Charles about getting Bibles for Wales, the thought sent him up to London where he spoke to some ministers and Rev. James Hughes said, "If for Wales why not for the Empire, why not for the world?" And in 1904 the Bible Society was constituted. He is a fine speaker with a wonderful memory, quoting many verses of such beautiful hymns.
Well I trust you are having time to breath now that the strike is over. I am so glad to think you have a kind lady near you, it was just sweet of her to be so good to you that night, poor homeless wanderer. It is so lovely to think you are coming home to tell us all about your doings, letters are so unsatisfactory. I was thinking as you have no hat box, unless you can afford to invest, you could wear your hat by using a cap in the cars & perhaps your fedora would go in your valise. I have never priced hat-boxes you could apply birthday money to it. Poor Ottawa! It is terrible the lack of rain.
Well we are very busy this week at the curtains & hope to have house cleaning done up next week so as to be ready to enjoy ourselves when you come. I hope you are getting some rest now, with much love dear boy.
Your loving mother