W5333 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 7 1905
To: Calvin McQuesten Staney Brae Muskoka
My dear dear Calvin,
Many and most hearty congratulations to you on successfully passing your examinations! You see I am writing on my best paper, as befitting the occasion. All the family join in the great rejoicing. This morning just as Tom was preparing to go out and see the Newspaper, Mrs. Mullin arrived to tell the good news. We all wanted to send a telegram, but concluded you would not receive it any sooner than a letter as it was not a matter of life and death, so Mrs. M. and we decided it was useless. Just to think of it Cal, through your third year and no sups! Isn't it delightful? It will be such a weight off your mind. Am glad to know you are pleasantly situated, but we have not been having very favourable weather for Muskoka; we have had a great deal of rain with thunderstorms and very cool1. Tom is impatiently waiting to hear from that man Kerr, it seems strange he does not hear one way or the other2. Norman Fergus B. took dinner with us on Saturday, he took double first class honours at Queen's thus winning his M.A. as well as B.A., besides getting a gold medal. He is a very gentlemanly, good looking fellow. This is our "day", but the weather is not very favourable. You must have had quite a pleasant visit in Gravenhurst. I should think you would be sleepy after you got to Muskoka after all the running about and thinking you did here. I do not know what will become of you unless you stop thinking sometimes. Well, we shall see you next week, I suppose. Hilda goes to Sydney Stevenson on Monday3. Hurrah! Calvin Hurrah! With much love from all.
Your loving mother
1 Calvin took a position as minister at Staney Brae, Muskoka. Mary was very pleased that he had finally completed his exams and was "situated" with a regular stipend. On July 6, 1905, she wrote: "My heart is full of gratitude to God for all his wonderful goodness to us. When I look back at times when we could not look ahead at all, it all seems wonderful. It seems to me that patience is what I need more than anything else" (W5347).
2 I have found no further record of Kerr. In the summer of 1905, Tom made frequent business trips, Toronto, Newmarket, Ottawa, likely for the law firm of Royce and Henderson to which he was articled until graduation. It was during this time that he acquired the Beach Strip properties for the railroad and the hydro companies (Best 13; W5363, W5371, W5382, W5398). Tom also spent time at home doing repairs and gardening. In September he was "so tired of the city and so glad to get off to his dear lumber camp" before going back to school (W5410).
3 For Stevenson family, see W5172.