W5832 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Edna
Apr 30 1907 [Note on date] 1
To: [Toronto, Ontario]
From: Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Calvin
I just remembered if you were to get this on your Birthday it must be written to day. I had an idea of sending you something else but Mama did not agree with me, so I'm sending the time honored maple sugar.
To-day I was down saying good bye to Nellie Proctor. She was taking a bottle of old port wine to Annie Fletcher who is ill in the Hospital.2 She is recovering from an operation she had on the glands of her throat. She suffered a good deal.
We are having an exceedingly nice time here. The absence of work pleases me.
Mrs. Mullin is selling her house to a Bicycle man for $6000. Mr. Chisholm thinks it a fair price. Her servant steals so she had to give her notice. We are glad for her to get away from
that noisy place.
Irwin Proctor brought home two boys and is having two more this week. He does not think he has passed his exams. Nellie says its from loafing so much.
I can hardly wish you a happy Birthday as you will be commencing your exams.
We are glad the weather is keeping cool for you both.
Mrs. Thomson knew Harry Clancy he used to come to her begging. She nearly broke her heart over him.
The ink here is terrible so excuse writing.
Your loving sister
M. Edna McQuesten [Margaret Edna].
1 Note on date and address: Edna is writing from Mrs. Thomson's "Amisfield" estate where she and her mother have been staying since Friday, April 26, and until they can move into their rented cottage in Oakville, which they expect to do on Friday, May 6, see W5836.(Mary & Hilda were at Mrs. Mullin's, see W4448). The Hamilton Club had arranged to rent their home, "Whitehern," after a storm had badly damaged their building. The McQuestens consented to this arrangement because the rental would give them some much-needed income at this time when they were particularly overwhelmed by expenses.
The Hamilton Club left Whitehern the day after Christmas, 1907, (W6008), and the McQuesten family likely moved back to Whitehern soon after, see W6012. See W6012, W6020 for the damage done to Whitehern by "those wretches."
2 This suggests that wine was an acceptable beverage, or even a tonic, for the McQuestens and other Presbyterians at that time. See also W6043, W2440.