W6861 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 28 1915
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Buckingham Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
My dearest Calvin,
Hilda got home in good time--8:30--on Wednesday evening and seemed very much pleased with the convenience of the house and the kindness and friendliness of the people. But I hope you will be able to urge on them to put in hot water heating, no ordinary salary can pay for coal enough to run hot-air furnace, if you could even get some heaters, in the two lower stories at first or the rooms most needed like we did, have them under the windows, and not too small. Another thing I have discovered is that the painted heaters do not give out heat like our gilt ones, it is a fad now to paint them like the rooms, but it is a great mistake. I was glad to hear there was a sum of $500 left, I do hope they can use it for the heating. Now be sure and use that little stove in the living room. Cold is not good for digestion. We all feel so badly you are left to take care of yourself, but you must try, and can't you let Miss McM. know in some way not to cook your meat so much.
There is another daughter at the Manse. Mary has received $75 back from Mr. Pratt instead of her trip to Scotland and Naples and promise of a ship to be used in case they go to Europe again.
Hilda is anxious to know if your plants are frozen, there has been a very heavy frost in some localities am not sure if our garden has suffered or not. Just now the iris are perfectly beautiful. It was so cold on Wednesday, that I think I got chilled when I was out, so did not feel very well and have just been resting myself in bed, since. I need it, because I was not rested when I went to Montreal, so I am just resting myself now.
Besides the various fatigues there is always this terrible war hanging over one. Nellie Mullin is here on her way to meet her fiance at New York he had hoped to get a ticket from his war station to wherever he wished to go but only got it to New York, so it looks as if he hadn't money enough to bring him on here, as it had been planned, so the girl provides the money to take her to him, on her way back to nursing. I do not like the look of it at all. He has left the army. Hilda has gone up to see Nellie this afternoon.
I must close now. Our ladies Aid takes charge of the poor and all cases are referred to them. Also our elders have a session fund and the ladies Aid keep them if necessary. On the Sunday before Communion we now have several envelopes marked "Charitable Fund" distributed in the pews to catch the people, who never come to service after the communion when collection is taking. Mary is to direct envelopes as I have got one upstairs. With fondest love Cal dear.
Your loving mother