W7244 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Marie Laird
Dec 15 1923 Monday [approximate date]
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten 'Whitehern' Hamilton, Ontario
From: Hamilton Mountain Sanatorium
Dear Mr. McQuesten
I am leaving for Huntsville on Wed. but as the other S.E. verandah are also thinking of going away before the election is over it seems best to mail this book to you. I am sorry that I have not succeeded in reading very much of it. It has kept me "busy" making arrangements for the summer. ("Busy" in the San' sense.)
The other book -- "Studies in the Life of Jesus", which you loaned me so long ago, I am taking with me. If you knew how little I have used it you would feel it has been wasted in my keeping. But if you do not need it I would like to try to follow it this summer. I'll be just a third of a mile across the Lake from the wharf and shall have nothing to do except to sleep and eat and watch the boats come in. So surely I should get a little studying done and this book appeals to me because it helps the reader to find spiritual guidance in the Bible and does not attempt to teach any special creed or system.
I shall return it I hope before many months have passed and immediately if you wish. Mr. McQuesten, I shall always remember your kindness and helpfulness to myself and to everyone here. Perhaps the very factor that you do not talk about religion much makes us long to know God better and to be guided by Him as you are guided. Silently, something in you shows forth the truth you live by until we wish very greatly for you to tell us about it. I think this is why you reach many who never could be helped by those who seem to thrust themselves on the privacy of another's soul, and why everyone I know of here likes and appreciates you so much.
I hope the campaigning is a success -- that is, I hope your brother is elected -- although I'm not quite decided yet whether I am Liberal or U.F.
Thanking you for all your kindness, I am,
[P.S.#1] I have left the Bird Book for Mrs. Smith to give to Mr. Galbraith. With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
[P.S. #2] Mr. young, "The Old Colonel," also wishes to be remembered to you and says to tell you he is feeling better than ever. He was with your sister,1 and has told me she was one of the loveliest persons he has ever known.[Likely Ruby]
[W7248, Enclosure, Christmas Card]:
May your Christmas be so joyous,
It will cheer up other days,
Leave a bit of Christmas sunshine,
Spread upon the New Year ways.
1 Likely, Ruby, who had been in the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Calgary and at Gravenhurst. She died in 1911, see W6135n.