[Written at top] Had a very long letter from Tom about various things current events rather too heavy to send you his business was [ ] all the time.W6374 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Mar 24 1909
In care of (c/o)
To: Calvin McQuesten [c/o Knox College, Toronto]
My dearest Cal,
As last evening we had Mission Board Social, to-day is "After the Ball," however tho' tired we are happy. M. will be telling you about it, the house looked handsomest and people seemed to enjoy it. H. came home on Monday night after a week in Oakville. Edna was sleeping and rating well, I have been doing the same, for it was a rest for me to have E. away for awhile. I came across three pairs of your cotton socks, shall I send them with the padlock? I am going to send you the numbers of those pellets and the dose for the morning, the prescription I got from Dr. Caven. The pellets Mr. Mach told me only contained 1/2 gr. of calomel,1 so to be of much use you could take two and full dose of the other. I tried the cascara too, it is quite a pleasant thing, taken either night before or morning. Mr. Ketchen thinks it best taken a teaspoonful in good hot water, 15 minutes before breakfast. It might be well for you to take a bottle of it. You have to be careful to avoid cold after calomel. Suppose you are in middle of exams. Heard from Maggie [MacKay] White. Willie will have $3000 a year, Leila worrying all the time over delay, has wired for her husband. As M. is waiting and I am rather stupid, though quite well, will close with much love.
[P.S.] At Andrew Jeffreys
188981 - Tablets 1/2 gr. Calomel
190379 - morning draught
Prescription of Dr. W.P. Caven
1 Calomel is mercury based. See W2469 for a note on 19th Century medications: Calomel (Mercury), and Paragoric, Chlorodyne (both are Opium).