W5460 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 14 1906 [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten [Standoff, Alberta]
From: 372 Assinaboine Ave. Winnipeg
My dear Calvin,
Here I am in most comfortable quarters, and feeling very fresh and fit. The first night on train was terrible the road-bed is very rocky, I fancy, and the grinding of the wheels and rocking of the train admitted very little sleep, however after breakfast on cold chicken bread & butter &c. and tea felt quite set up. What beautiful scenery on Lake Superior! Friday night on C.P.R. the road was much smoother and had quite a good sleep and reached Winnipeg shortly before nine o'clock. We had beautiful sunny days and everything looked so pretty, the trees just leafing over. Such a magnificent station and such wide streets and fine buildings! In the afternoon Mrs. Bryce took one out to St. John's College and we saw the old church (the cathedral indeed as it was called) within the church yard, where are many interesting monuments. Mrs. Bryce is just the nicest kind of hostess well educated, intelligent and interested in every thing, whilst a genuine Christian and she is able to tell me about everything. Mr. Bryce is a brother of the Professor and a very pleasant man, a business man in good circumstances. A thoroughly comfortable home, (I have a luxurious bed to myself) with a servant, pretty grounds which at the back are terraced down to the Assinaboine River. From a window we see its juncture with the Red River. Yesterday morning we heard Dr. Duval in Y.M.C.A. as Knox Church is being renovated, and in the evening went to hear Ralph Connor in his own Church.1 It was a beautiful sermon and the singing delightful. I remembered all you had told me about the church, with choir at side. Afterwards all were invited to a half-home's social gathering in lecture room. Dr. Gordon was so cordial, knew me quite well, there was a minister from Queen's and another with a layman from New Zealand. Dr. G. asked me if I would say a word, but I declined. It came upon me suddenly otherwise I might. This morning the rain is pouring in torrents, but trust it may clear up before evening. There is to great reception for us this evening in St. Andrews. Mrs. Colin Campbell is to give another to-morrow afternoon and Mrs. Aitkins (Mrs. Sutherland's sister-in-law) one on Friday, so I trust we shall survive it all. The distances in Winnipeg are so great. Have just received a letter from Ruby written on Friday 11th and reached me at 10.30 a.m. on the 14th. Very quick isn't it? Received your letter, just before I left, glad to know, you were feeling so well. The ministers in their announcements are holding out such expectations, that I trust our meetings will not disappoint. We pray must earnestly the Spirit of God may be in them and then a blessing will follow.
Your loving mother
1 For Ralph Connor, pseudonym for Rev. Charles Gordon, see W5359. In this letter Mary uses both his names.