W5776 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 30 1907
To: Calvin McQuesten 22 Sewwued Toronto
My dearest Cal,
You were evidently having quite a cheerful time last week, and you will perhaps come out better on your Exam than you think; we were much relieved to know that Tom was safe, as he had seemed to think he was very near the brink.
Yesterday we had a regular field day as it was our Annual Presbyterial and this year it was at Jarvis. We left about 9a.m. and over thirty went from here, it was a fine day, not too cold, [?but] our only trouble was we were roasted in the Church. The good ladies of Jarvis were most cordial and hearty and gave us a hot dinner at the Church and a second one between 5 and six before we left. There was a fine large gathering and the programme was good. Miss Goodfellow from India is an exceedingly good speaker, because she gives a great deal of information in a few words, some think her the best we have ever heard; she speaks also with great Earnestness and very easily, although to all appearance she is a very plain worn out looking woman. I came down in the train with her and she told me many things. Speaks so highly of Mrs. Taylor as being such a fine brave little woman.
I should have thought you would have snow enough for snow-shoeing now. What do you think of Prof. Ballantyne's appointment. At first I was much surprised as I thought it was understood Prof. Kilpatrick would be Dr. McLean's successor, but I suppose it is the building of the new Knox that has changed the plan. I should not think Prof. K. would want that sort of work. Prof. B. always makes an excellent impression when he preaches. It is such a mercy the weather has moderated, our house was quite comfortable, but when the thermometer is low down I feel low down too, it seems to take away all Energy.
Well there seems to be no news of interest, the girls are making great use of the new machine and finding much satisfaction in it. With much love to you both.
Your loving mother
M. B. McQuesten
Whenever Sidney likes to come, we are always pleased to have her. It is well you are not at Macleod, some wild creature might have eaten you up. It is really distressing to think of the poor things.