W6517 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 4 1909 Saturday
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
My dearest Calvin,
Your letter came in good time this week, yesterday morning. I was sorry to hear my letters had not reached you, I wonder if I was late for the post, I always try to get them off on evening mail of Saturday. Well, indeed I was truly sorry to hear of poor Mrs. Anderson's sudden death, it is a great loss to the family, a woman of character like that, and you would miss her very much, the first to receive you when you went there.
I wrote you a long letter about Ruby at the beginning of the week, but probably it will not reach you before this, am enclosing her last letter, which is very encouraging indeed. I think Dr. Parfitt is so thoroughly to be trusted.
Well, had a talk with a young Horning now on "The Times" staff and intending to be a Methodist minister. He had been farming in the West previously and quite advised your doing what you proposed and said the one third was the usual share; but he said when the crop came off, you had to be there to sell your own wheat. What are you to do? For you could not be there. Tom felt more satisfied after he had talked with Horning. So I should think you might go on, if you can arrange for the selling.1 I see by paper to-day that so much wheat is coming in, prices will be better later on. Next Monday is Labour Day, we expect Beatrice Haigh to come up. We have had some very cool weather, I hope the frost did not do any damage with you.
I'll enclose a letter from Mrs. J. you might like to read it. It is too bad about Janie, she has been ill out there for months. Harper must have been very foolish, to have started talk about a woman of 57. But I fancy he did not visit other people, and these villages are very jealous-minded.
Well, yesterday afternoon Tom ran down to Toronto to order himself a suit and then up to the fair, but I have not heard anything from him of special interest. He saw the pictures and fat cattle. These are his favourite exhibits. Well, Cal dear, in about a month you will be home and I shall be so glad to see you. With much love from all and fondest love from your mother.
[P.S.] Tom says your train does not pass Gravenhurst, so you will have to run up another time.
1 For links concerning Calvin's farmland, see W8239.