W6383b TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Mar 30 1909
In care of (c/o)
To: Calvin McQuesten [c/o Knox College, Toronto]
My dearest Calvin,
I cannot be quite reconciled to the fact of your being so near as Toronto and yet I should not be there to say good bye. But even if I could go, you would be too busy to-day for talking and I could not very well "hang round" Knox College so I can only trust and pray that you get through your exams satisfactorily and get your baggage together and be ready to start without being rushed to death, though I am afraid it will be much like it.
Had a letter from Ruby, nothing special she was making farewell calls, she does not mention having made any special arrangements with Y.W.C.A. She said her train started from Calgary at one p.m. and was due in Winnipeg at six o'clock in the evening. So I am worrying about her, she generally knows how to manage. But I told her, if she was not waiting at the station for you, you would telephone Y. about her. So remember to do this.
Nellie Mullin was taking dinner with us to-day and is looking very well. We were up at Mrs. Thomson's one evening last week, Laura [Hofstetter] had succeeded in getting all the teeth of lower jaw out except two and they would be easy, so she was greatly relieved, though looking much used up. Mrs. Joe [Thomson] was there and made us guess her father's age, his birthday being that day (Thursday ). Of course we couldn't he was 76. Would you have thought it to look at him, two months older than Dr. Fletcher.
The Synod of Hamilton and London is being held in Central Church, but we scarcely heard anything about it, not being asked to entertain.
Isn't that an extraordinary matter? Miss Melvin Jones to Rev. T. Crawford Brown! He should be ashamed of himself, a strange minister of the gospel to admire such a creature! Miss Helen Moran died on Sabbath, the paper says at her brother's residence Bay St. It is a merciful release but a sad ending.
Nellie Mullin saw Charlie Bell's play last night at the Savoy. It had been greatly written up by manager and talked up by Mrs. Gates, there was a full house and considerable press made, flowers presented to his wife. Nell said it was quite good, and a good many smart bits.1 I see Ethel Greening's wedding at Paris. I am sorry she has gone so far away to an unknown land and man.
Sent the socks and padlock. The family joins in wishing you a safe journey and warmer weather on your arrival and will be anxiously awaiting news of your arrival. May God bless and keep you, my dear son and prosper you in your work. With much love.
Your loving mother
1 For more on the Bell family, see: W4531, W5199; for Charlie Bell and his plays, see: W4582n.