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W7089 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 10 1930
To: Calvin McQuesten [Foote's Bay, Muskoka]
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton

My dear Calvin,

I have just been round the garden. The poppies are very brilliant, some mauve ones. Everything in the front very fine. The Phlox D. especially by the small gate are a most beautiful collection of colours, blue ones and the zinnias and petunias pink and blue luxuriant I like the look of the [?] marigolds not in flower yet. But I do not wish you could have seen the lacquer tree perfectly gorgeous mass of yellow.

Yesterday at 7:10 a.m. I heard the King opening the India House in London spoke so distinctly and voice strong, no clearing of throat. The afternoon before heard the Prince of Wales from London addressing a gathering on National Students' Union advocating a Hostel for the students who come from all over the world. He speaks out well I am very much surprised, that the "Globe" and our papers do not give the King's in full and part incorrectly. I especially noticed where the King praised the work of Mr. Herbert Baker in the India House in London and also in Delhi. The King said many deserved praise but he would only mention him.

We took a drive Tuesday evening & amongst other places Tom Mary & H. visited a place on Barton Street near Ferguson Ave where in a steel car is a dead whale said to have been brought from the S. Seas, 650 tons. Tom wished to see it to revive old memories by the smell. Not for me. I still smell that awful one in Toronto years ago as he does. Mr. Chisholm is improving very little discharge now, thro' the tube. Sometimes afterwards appendix dries up.

Saturday night's storm rather upset us. About 4 o'clock a.m. I heard a great rush of water pouring into my little bath room and found no water at all on the floor but afterwards discovered water had poured down sewer and forced sewerage, black oily muck up thro' that hole in the area and made a terrible mess. Must close now, with much love.

Your affectionate mother

M.B. McQuesten




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