W5732 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 17 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Macleod, Alberta
My dearest Calvin,
I was so glad to receive your letter yesterday and to hear that you would not worry about the account. You certainly did your share of work and I am not worrying at all about it either. The week has been full for me. On Tuesday morning Miss Buchanan very kindly drove me down to the Station to meet Mrs. Taylor. In the afternoon we both went to Mrs. Watson's to a "Tea" and in the Evening Mrs. Taylor gave a most interesting address telling of the revivals in India, she had a collection of nearly $100, but [friend] Miss Jane Buchanan had given a cheque for $50. Wasn't it fine? Next morning Mrs. T. and I had to get up at 6:30 and walk to the G.T.R. for 8 o'clock train to Guelph. It was a fine morning fortunately and as soon as I got to the Church at Guelph where the ladies were preparing lunch I got a cup of tea which quite set me up. My address on the Indian Schools seems to be a never failing interest. Mrs. McCrae thought it the very thing needed, for none of us ever had seen these schools before. I stayed over night with Mrs. Davidson Senior. She and her daughter are the loveliest people, Mrs. D. has a fund of stories of the olden times and they are both so kind, they live in a fine comfortable old house. On Thursday afternoon also I had to speak and then came home same evening.
I had quite a chat with Mr. John Taylor (he had been speaking Evening before and spoke well too) and Mrs. Taylor as far as Galt, they were inquiring for you and wished to be remembered to you. They are a very fine people and we were all much pleased with them, he had to have an operation for appendicitis as soon as he got home, and looks rather tired, their home is at Collingwood with three children. Yesterday Mrs. Thomson's [Joe's] "Tea" came after yesterday [sic], we were all helping and it went off very well.
This miserable street car strike still goes on. There have been exciting scenes of rotten eggs and stones when Company tried to run cars. Every one sympathizes with the men. J.M. Gibson's horse was pelted the other night. But it is a great loss to the city. When I came home from Guelph, after 8 pm, had to walk home by myself, which was unpleasant, and Monday must go to Dr. Capon and will have to walk again to the steamer and worse still home again. The Ontario Bank business shows worse and worse. Poor old Donald! If he reads the papers must find it very trying.
Hilda saw a Cook book at Mrs. Gartshore's she liked very much and is writing for its name. You tell us of your weight. Do you really feel fit for study? With much love from all.
Your loving mother