W7037 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 12 1928
To: Calvin McQuesten Gaspe Quebec
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton
Your letter came this morning telling of your proposed plan for a trip to Barbados. It is very tempting The only difficulty in my mind is whether it would be safe for you to take such long holidays. Can you get leave of absence from your employers? I know you would be greatly worried if you lost your job; the only sort of work you like or can do1. But I am sure you have thought of all this and are probably arranging for it. I am afraid Barbados will be extremely warm, but the Captain could tell you. You must tell me, what money you would require. Tom is willing to help, only he would not like you to risk your position, just because you would feel so badly if you did, for it would be a serious loss to you for more reasons than one. You will not misunderstand me. Will seek God's guidance about whole matter2. With much love
Your affectionate mother
P.S. Give me address of [?] [?] for "Sunday at Home"
1 Calvin had taken the position of chaplain at the Hamilton Mountain Sanatorium sometime in 1920. It was a semi-volunteer position which he held for 30 years (Minnes 3)
2 Calvin did not go to Barbados. On July 14, Mary wrote to Calvin: "Sorry to hear you are disappointed about the sailing trip, but you may have escaped hardships of which you were not aware. . . . Now you will just enjoy your comfortable quarters and canoe at Gaspe" (W7040).