W5912 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 20 1907
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
My dearest Calvin,
We were very glad indeed to receive your two letters yesterday, mine and Ruby's. The latter with its detailed description of your surroundings was most amusing and interesting, it gave us a good laugh at the tea table, indeed I thought it well worth publication. You gave us a lovely description of the prairie, I recognized your description of all the flowers, the prairie does look lovely, if one is only there for a visit.
By-the-way it has occurred to me, that it would be as well not to have the pony racing at picnics. Horse-racing is the occasion for the most gigantic crimes of the present day and the love of it seems to be possessing the whole race.
I do not know who is sending you the Presbyterian. Some time ago when I thought you were settled, I sent you a whole bundle with the story in them and have been sending since, but will now stop. I was very glad to know the bill was paid at Methodist Book Room no wonder it was a large one when they charged for what you had not got.
Did you see in the Globe the marriage of Tom's "Bob" Henderson, he never said a word about it and none of them knew till they saw it in the paper. He was going to England on business connected with the Privy Council so suppose they made up their minds suddenly and went there for a wedding trip. The morning of his wedding, he was with Tom in the office from 10:30 to 12:30 and it must have been early that morning. If Royce knew he said nothing. Tom has full charge of the office (as Royce is away most of the time), saw his name in court the other day, so he is pretty business [sic], had to start off at 7 o'clock last Monday morning. Masten has talked with him since, and it is about settled that as soon as Henderson returns Tom will go in with Masten at a thousand [$1000]. I feel very thankful as it seems to be an excellent opening, and they are not always obtainable.1
On Thursday we had a visit from Mrs. Mullin and Robin, he looks very badly such a poor colour, but jokey as usual. He had been helping his mother pack up the books, so he had not a very refreshing holiday and having to sleep at that house with all the heat and noise. I told you Mrs. M. has sold her house. It was a most merciful Providence that provided this quiet spot for us. Our only trouble is the mosquitoes, which might be worse. Last evening the Band played on the terrace, it was moonlight, you must imagine the rest. Hope the mosquitoes are not troubling you and that your room is cool. With much love from all.
Your loving mother
1 For Tom's work with the firms of Royce & Henderson and Masten, Starr & Spence, see W5868, W5876.