W5748 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Dec 7 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Macleod, Alberta
My dearest Cal,
I do not know if this will reach you before starting. I am afraid you have been having a cold time of it according to "Probs." We have too. Yesterday I had my final appointment with Dr. Capon. It had snowed and in the morning was raining and very mild and not windy, the cars were running too so I started off on the boat. When we reached the Beach we saw there had been a great storm and that the Lake was very rough. A great many passengers determined to leave the steamer at once, but it was impossible, the Captain could not land. Of course I have not had much experience but certainly it seemed a freak storm, the vessel plunging and I could not help feeling somewhat nervous lest anything should happen the vessel. Mrs. Sutherland, May's Mother was onboard, the only one I knew. However, I was most thankful that God took us in safety to our destination and kept me from being sick. Such scenes as I witnessed you can imagine, think I was almost the only passenger not ill. But they insisted on throwing open all the windows for air, till I was almost frozen. But I am none the worse and to-night's paper says "Capt. Cooney says that Yesterday morning's storm was the worst he ever sailed through. The waves rolled high, the blinding storm made navigation difficult and the wind howled at an awful rate." Well, I was a little afraid to come back, feeling it would be wrong to risk it, but I hated dreadfully to give in and pay train fare. But I had scarcely time to reach boat after getting through with Dr. C. so gave it up. Called at Miss Parson's office and found Mrs. McGillivray there. She was asking after you and said she had letters from you in the Montreal paper, I was sorry not to have seen them. Could you get them for me? I took lunch at Mrs. Mackay's. All much the same but will tell you all when you come.
Tom comes Saturday before X-mas, suppose you will reach here on the Friday. Mrs. Eckford has arrived on way to England but said it was very cold travelling. We are all very well. Try and travel as comfortably as you can, one has to eat when travelling. With much love from all.
Your loving mother
M. B. McQuesten