[Written at top] Mrs. Irving has been very ill with congestion of the lungs life despaired of hired two nurses, a little better to-day & not now delirious, have hopes now, if heart holds out. W6603 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 8 1910 Saturday [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Knox, College Toronto Ontario
I would have sent these before, but kept waiting to hear from R. [Ruby] and her letter only came this morning; it was a continual list of presents and only said the weather had been stormy, but very cold only one day and she was very comfortable, not a word about herself. One of the presents was from Mr. Tucker in Ottawa, a doll dressed like Friar Tuck and holding a pasty, which must have been made by Miss Tucker and was like an iced roll of pastry filled with chocolates. The teachers at the College sent The Century for the year, besides this book of quotations gotten up with hand painting by Miss Currie. As I thought you short of ties, have been on the look out for special sales, got this 50 cent one for 25.
We have received we think a bona fide offer for our place of $20000 or perhaps 22000 but really the cost of houses is so great that after reckoning up what we would make for it, it would only amount to $40 a month. The one thing is, that perhaps we ought to go where it is quieter and air fresher for the invalids. The purchasers would be same as bought the Church. Their story is that railway will buy Dr. Husband's and then offer the Jackson St. part to them, but they would prefer ours. Their [sic] is so much trickery do not know whether to believe it, but will ask Dr. H. Will give you address on Gertrude Knight's card & send it again. Mrs. H.N. McKenzie, Stanbury, St. John. N.B.
That was a fine New Year's gift from ladies of Glenhurst. Everything helps. With much love dearie.
Your loving mother