W5538 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 12 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Macleod, Alberta
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset P.O.
My dearest Cal,
We reached here last night about 9:30. This time we were not able to get any tea on the Steamer so we were very tired, though we had enough lunch for two meals. This is a most lovely spot, as I write on our verandah, we look out over the lake, which is about twice the distance to our gate from us, we are on a hill and the ground covered with timothy and buttercups slope down to the water. Beautiful green wooded islands lie opposite. We are a mile by water and 8 by land from Dorset, but the mail comes over with someone twice a day. Heard from Mary to-day, delighted with fishing she is writing you when she gets your address from me. Well to go back, we are in what is called the Cottage, though it is two storied and our rooms are downstairs and open on to the verandah which is all round the house, upstairs also, no one over-looks us, we have separate beds and are in the greatest comfort. I only wish you were as well off. A little stream gurgles down between us and the house where the family lives and we go over a little bridge to there for our meals, this makes us so quiet and undisturbed night and morning, when the boat arrives. Mr. & Mrs. Sparks the proprietors, (Mr. S. had lived in Hespeler when we were there) and a son and daughter all very pleasant but not common and know there place. We feel ourselves to be most fortunate, the table is very cleanly and nicely set and the food very good, plenty of cream and milk and terms moderate for Muskoka, two in the room are $5.00 each and seven the other, but they are good sized. It is probable Eleanor Ross will come up and share the second room which will make it less for both. From Mary's letter I find 'Pickup' does not have your church at Staney Brae, it is supplied by a regular minister. I will close now, as I have a chance of posting this and nothing special more to say. Do hope you are feeling more like your work, if you want a holiday come up here as I wrote in my last. With fondest love.