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Niagara to the Sea

W7273 TO [ADDRESSEE ILLEGIBLE] from her brother [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten
Jul 22 1891 Tuesday evening [approximate date]1
To: [One of the McQuesten daughters] ['Whitehern,' Hamilton, Ontario]
From: On Board Steamer Rochester

My dear [illegible],

Knowing that you have an absorbing interest in certain forms of human activity, I thought you would like to hear of the nice little dinner I have just embraced. It was so hot in Toronto that I lunched off a dish of ice-cream, and so as it turned nice & cool when we got out into the lake, I was really very well prepared for a creditable effort. I may have forgotten a few little things, but the principle articles that I got outside of were:
Consomme, Olives, St. Lawrence Pickerel, Compote of Rice with Peaches, Roast Turkey stuffed with Jelly, Mashed potatoes, Corn, Apple pie, Ice Cream, Watermelon, Cheese, Saltines, Coffee.

I am not feeling hungry any more but by morning I shall probably be ready for some breakfast.

Your aff'te brother

C. M. Q. [Calvin McQuesten]

1 This letter has been dated by reference to letter no. W4379 which also describes Calvin's trip to Rochester in 1891, when he was 15 yrs, of age.

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