W7290 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from William Murray
Feb 5 1901
To: Calvin McQuesten Toronto, Ontario
From: 'Athol Bank,' Hamilton, Ontario
Thanks for Saturday's News, so largely made attractive by yourself. Taking it for granted that everything x is yours, I particularly like your "Last Tribute to the Queen." on page 4. It is pithy, pointed and true, and has the high Christian tone about it which we expect from all McQuestens. By and bye I hope you will drift into the management of one of our Hamilton sheets and as the right arm of the Church, do something elevating for the City of your birth.
I will hand the paper into the Manse that they may participate there in the pleasure you have given me. Even the Minister can now read a newspaper. He preached on Sunday, but for the previous fortnight was very feeble indeed. I had a touch of the epidemic, but drove it off in time with quinine. Your sister Mary represented Whitehern in that connection but having a physician beside her soon conquered the monster. I trust both you and Tom shall keep him at bay.
I visited Toronto on Saturday with my Uncle to see my relatives on Bond Street, and shake hands with a Highland Centenarian on Jarvis Street. You, I couldn't manage to see, having to return home in the afternoon. I saw Anne Fletcher for a minute and found her bigger, if not better, than ever.
After all the gloom of last week we will now all be thinking more about our new King; and it will be becoming more and easy and natural to sing Save him. I am not afraid of his proving himself a George; and feel rather inclined to think that the wheels of government will roll on more smoothly and prosperously than ever with the greater freedom of intercourse that will exist between the present day monarch and his ministers.
Wishing a happy New Century to you, I am Dear Calvin,
1 William Murray was a well known Hamilton poet and a friend of the McQuestens. See W5990 and Jeff Seffinga's lecture, "The Bard of Athol," Box 14-095.