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W6079 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 15 1908 [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton

My dearest Calvin

I am not just sure the exact time I should post my letter in order to catch your mail, this is Wednesday night and perhaps it is a little soon; but to-morrow I shall be busy in various ways, as next day is Good Friday. Nellie James and Winnie Gartshore are coming and Tom of course, so you can imagine the household. I hope to live through it, but it will be such a trial for Edna. Tom is to try and make a side-walk in the yard out of our old kitchen flooring. I have found a new man in the garden and think he will be very good, in the meantime, I have been making the best of Gourlay to tidy up the yard, endless rubbish left after the Club.1 Just after I wrote you, received reply from the Club, refusing to do anything; it was a typewritten impertinent letter, implying that I had made a false representation of the condition of the gate. Mr. Chisholm gave the letter to Mr. Staunton and had not seen him since, but Mr. O'Heir [sic] said he and Mr. S. had both thought it most impertinent. I suppose Mason is worn out and cross with the whole thing. The new Club is not pleasing and they are all at loggerheads and deep in debt.

Did I tell you of Colin Fletcher's illness, a very severe attack in Toronto (gallstones). They came home a week ago and when he gains strength there is to be an operation.

I am hoping to hear from you soon, your last came from Saskatoon. The weather here is variable one day warm and the next day cold. Your trunk came up finally and we have got your clothes put away. I am feeling considerably better, really much better, things do not worry me and I can do more. It really is very cheering to be in a house that is in good repair.

On Thursday Ruby had a letter from Constance Kellogg enclosed in one from her mother, as C. heard we had left Hamilton. Just that morning we had seen in the Globe, the death of their little baby. Mrs. Henderson said they had received a cable but knew no particulars, she also sent a photo of Constance taken with the baby, who was a strong sturdy looking little fellow with bright eyes and very like Constance. Mrs. K. and all of course were feeling very badly, especially as "Constance had been fighting against homesickness." From the cable they gathered Constance had gone with the baby to where Dr. Kellogg used to live in the hills, as it did not die where they were stationed.

Miss Kate Mackenzie was here over Sunday and was pretty interested in going over our house. She wished to be remembered to you, but she "was afraid you would have a rotten time." We will hope not. Well, Cal dear, I must close. Do hope you are getting along well and not suffering in any way. With much love from all.

Your loving Mother

M.B. McQuesten


1 The Hamilton Club had rented Whitehern for about a year in 1907 and they had left many damages to the property, see W5800.




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