W6936 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 21 1916 Friday
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Buckingham Quebec
My dearest Calvin,
I have just had some Hamilton papers posted to you, as I thought you might like to see the Annual Reports of the churches. They are not always correct, as in the case of our church where there is really no [?] thought of spending money on the church at this juncture. There is always a notion amongst some, of getting rid of the gallery, so that its emptiness will not be seen and it is said from the side only those in front seat can see any thing at all. Central spent a lot of money doing that trick with very little advantages.
I was not well enough to go to our meeting but I am getting along very well. I hope you are still free of grip, and did not catch cold at Ottawa. I notice in this morning's paper death of a Mrs. Bruce Beaverton. Is that Miss R.'s sister, hope she did not feel obliged to go up there. She would not be fit for it and it would leave you again.
When I saw Mrs. Henderson in Toronto, she mentioned a relative of theirs, who might be available in case Miss R. should give up. I knew her too, a very cheerful strong little body, who has some means of her own, but while able would like to add to her income. Accustomed to work and a good cook and always interested in mission work. Poor Mrs. Walker has been laid up with grip too. She sent me grapes. Lizzie Chisholm sent me beautiful roses and poinsettia. We have been having so much wind, raining last night.
Did you notice Sid Little was an Alderman, telephoned Tom at 11 o'clock at night that he headed the polls. Did you ever thank him for the kerchief. All join in much love.
Your affectionate mother
[Enclosure] "Annual Financial Report MacNab Street Presbyterian Church, Contributed for Congregational Purposes and for schemes of the Church to various Missionary, Educational and Benevolent funds 1915": Showing, Total Receipts and Collections $5890.01, Total Disbursements $5885.18, Balance $4.83. Also reports for Ladies' Aid Society, Mission Board, Women's Missionary Society, Friends of India Mission Band and Junior Mission Band.