W6039 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Feb 24 1908
To: Calvin McQuesten Toronto, Ontario
My dearest Calvin,
I thought you might like to hear how we are getting on with your bale. We have got most of the things gathered now, and are just waiting for the counterpane to come home
from the wash to get it sent off, we hope on Wednesday. When Mrs. Thomson heard of your going, she at once insisted on sending a comforter and is going to put your name on it, so that you cannot forget her. I was glad to hear you had got your goods off and the list seemed very little for so much & such a distance. You will be free now to give your mind to your work.
I had a card from Mrs. Miller to-day, she was ill in Cuba and came over to New Orleans, experiencing a rough passage. She is now on her way to Los Angeles. In to-night's paper we noticed that Skedden has resigned from our choir; reason assigned is pressure of business. We shall miss him very much1.
The Laymen attacked Hamilton yesterday. The people of our church disgraced themselves by not turning out in the morning to hear Mr. Henderson. Poor Mr. Ketchen was much mortified. But the scarcity of money makes it, I think a particularly bad time to start any scheme, one does not care to listen to appeals to which one cannot respond.
Tell Tom to find out of if Miss Ramsay is coming up here again to see Mary Gartshore, if so she might as well come to me. It occurred to us yesterday that my nose is too broad.
We are all pretty well settled now and enjoying the breakfast-room very much. There seems to be no news at all. I am pretty much better since the confusion is over. I hope you have had no further need of Calomel, and are feeling in good shape. If there is anything more you think of that you would like sent in the bale, let us know. With much love from all.
Your loving mother
1 This comment about Skedden and the choir assists in the correct dating of W6380, likely in early March of 1908, although the Whitehern Calendar dates it as "caMar. 27," 1909. Also Edna's letter of February 27, 1908 states several similar themes: "Mother is in bed to-day," and Skedden, Miss Kinrade, Miss Cary resigning from the choir (W6043).