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[Written at top] We had a pretty card from Mrs. Bell, Freiburg [?]: "Cal gave an excellent exposition at prayer-meeting, which was much appreciated by the few."

W6801 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 27 1914 Saturday Night
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 'Whitehern' Hamilton Ontario
From: St. Mary's

My dearest Tom,

Edna and I came back from London this morning. I only went yesterday morning. Mai Copeland has a beautiful house, very handsomely furnished Turkish rugs etc. We were taken out to Spring Bank quite a beautiful drive by the River Thames; but what entertained us most was the hearing David Lloyd George1. Asquith and Winston Churchill speak on the budget[sic].2 Wasn't that a marvellous thing! It really seemed magical. They have a particularly fine victrola. The only drawback was the extreme heat and we were thankful to get back to St. Mary's, it is just a different atmosphere, so fresh; and cool after four o'clock. It did Edna much good tho. She is much obliged for Punch, the man who had tried the six sea sick remedies is awfully funny. We hear that Olive Harris is to marry Rev. John McNeil, Walmer Road Baptist. H. says it does not matter about the eggs floating, but she used to fill each crock and put on the lid, and perhaps the 30 dozen would not fill all. You should not put in any cracked ones. I shall inquire whether express charges were really paid here, as I had instructed them to do so. In case you were not in when delivered. It was just like poor Alice to worry she cannot count, and the cherries came just when we expected they would.

Mrs. Maxwell has just been in and told us of a nice quiet house we can get. So when weather permits, we may try it. A very nice girl here gave a very pleasant tea to introduce H. to the girls. Expect to hear from Mary Monday. Am afraid you will have suffered from the heat these days; it must have been fearful in the cities.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten


1 David Lloyd George,1st Earl of Dwyfor (1863-1945) Welsh Liberal statesman, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1908-15. "He had been regarded as a pacifist" but the "threat of invasion of Belgium by Germany dispelled all pacifist tendencies" (CBD 906). In 1915 he became minister of munitions and in 1916 became war secretary, and superseded Asquith as coalition prime minister which he held until 1922. He was a brilliant orator and the speech that Mary heard was likely one of his anti-war speeches at a time when he was concerned for the "financial crisis which the War-storm had produced" (Owen 264-65). On August 5, 1914 Britain declared war.


2 Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer (1874-1965) became Lord of the Admiralty in 1911 "and organized the navy for the war he foresaw." In 1917 he became Lloyd George's minister of munitions and he and Lloyd George worked closely together throughout the war of 1914-18 (CBD 310). He became prime minister in May 1940 and led Britain through WWII.




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