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[Written at top] Address Box 45, then we get our mail through to us.

W6702 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 8 1911
To: Calvin McQuesten Staney Brae Muskoka
From: Bayfield

My dearest Calvin,

Your letter with one from Tom came last night. I was so glad to know you were feeling so well and enjoying yourself so well. It is a great thing to have the missionary's launch at your disposal and have the benefit of his introduction or rather his reason for making calls.

By this time you will have got my letter, asking if a comfortable room could be found for Hilda next month. Have not said any thing to her, but think it would be nice for her. She has never been in that part of Muskoka.

You were a lucky one to escape that fearful heat, 104 in Hamilton, and it seemed 100 here, our bed-rooms so hot we could not sleep at all. However since that is over, we have been quite comfortable. Miss Ferguson certainly sent us to the most comfortable home at her disposal and I really think we are quite fortunate, we have the house about to ourselves, have some beautiful trees to have our hammocks under. But the people of the house will get up early and this disturbs Edna which annoys her very much, but you cannot get quiet in the mornings except in one's own house. It is always quiet in the evenings. This week the husband was home unexpectedly for several days and allowed his horse to graze round the house, which was very disturbing at night, but as a rule he is away all week. Our fellow boarders are quite pleasant. One old gentleman came with his son-in-law from New York, they are English, the latter is a fine tenor singer we believe, and is to sing in the church to-morrow, he is a son of the rector of Durham Cathedral and asks the blessing at the table. Next door are two elderly ladies, one a spinster from Yorkshire, very kind and chatty much interested in all good works and prepared to take us about when it is cooler. the other old lady, a widow spends much time on her flower garden, she is very kind too. We often chat over the fence and this morning came also a Mrs. Metcalfe, who with her husband Dr. Metcalfe of Detroit have a most beautiful place just back of us on which they have spent a great deal of money, and would sell, asking $27,000. Doubt if they would ever get it here. We hear of their flowers and she invited us to come & see them. Edna and I have walked round it. It is surrounded by a hedge and the entrance is through an arch, which is made of wire about 3 feet wide, wide enough and high enough for a carriage to go through, this is covered by a solid mass of pink rambler roses in two shades, then nearer the house, there is a hedge as high as ours and long with an arch composed of a deeper shade of ramblers and a rustic summer house with a few very dark roses climbing over it. Behind this hedge, I believe there are quantities of flowers, but have not yet seen them. Such a mass of colour I never beheld as in the hedge and arches, you would have to see it to have any idea.

But they have two gardeners. We hear Mrs. Marshall of London and her two sisters are coming to a cottage near us, Mrs. M. was an old friend of mine, a teacher at my boarding school, and they are all very nice. It is too bad, but we have not yet found a single young person for Edna, but she is doing well and is much better of the change already. She has been very good on the whole and uncomplaining, and between every thing the first week was very trying. But we are more used to our surroundings now and I fancy as quiet as most places, indeed for I am not fond of being too much with people. The women of the Auxiliary much interested in my address and I spoke to the Mission Band children too. Then it is very pleasant indeed to have such a good minister. Edna is so pleased with the idea of going to church and went twice last Sunday, in spite of the great heat.

The air seems very fresh and pure and I fancy the nights are always cool, except when a hot wave comes. Let me know about the room as soon as you can. Will send you on a "Times." Tom is sending me both "Globe" and "Times." Do you see the "Westminster"? With much love.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten

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