W7576 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Mrs. Alfred Dixon
Oct 20 1905
To: Calvin McQuesten Knox College, Toronto, Ontario
From: Gordon Bay, P.O., Muskoka, Ontario
My Dear Mr. McQuesten,
You Do not know what Comfort your Letter Brought to my lonely heart I have read it over many Times since it came and every Time it seems to speak words of peace to me i [sic]1 can Sympathize with you very much in the way you felt this summer i am sure you would feel as if some of the Tourists did not need you and i know for certin [sic] there are some of the settlers would not want to see you at all but i am happy to say it was not so in my case i always Loved to see you come but the last day you come do you remember i was away well my Dear Mr. McQuesten i do hope you Pardon me i did not expect to be away so long Those People wanted the Berries and i Thought sure i could get Them in Time and be home again to greet you when you come i did feel so Bad over it and many a Lonley [sic] sunday i put in this summer when i Looked down at that little Island where you were having service and just to think i could not get away till it would be to Late in the day but it will not be so next summer if god spares me those People that does not come on saturday night need not come sunday morning for their things for i will not stay at home for them I was in Parry sound a few Days to visit a Lady friend to weeks agoe [sic] and went hear the Rev Mr. Childerhose Perhaps you know him the service was Lovely i did injoy it very much I also went to hear the salvation army which was very nice to But the Plymouth brethren near me is no comfort or happiness to any one as they do not associate with any one but their own People.
I do thank you very much for the sunday school Paper sent to me and we all injoy sunday reading very much i also wish you were near enough to come in often and have tea with us and have a while for reading and Prayer and that i could tell you how much you have helped comforted and cheered me in my Lonly hours which i feel as if I can never thank you enough for you kindness i do find the gospels very helpful and i read them very much but as you say in your kind Letter things are so Difficult when alone I am very thankful to god for the many Blessings he gives me and the courage he gives me to bring up my children though some times I am very Lonley since god called my Dear husband away to be with him self hope very much to meet you and to Clasp your very friendly hand
next summer again or some time soon and i ask god to keep you and Bless you in your good work there is one great Comfort you have Dear Mr. McQuesten that is Blessed is the man that is slighted for righteousness sake i shall never forget the last night we met the beautiful chapter you read and the sweet earnest Prayer you offered is like music to my soul yet and may god be with you till we meet again
Mrs. alfred Dixon
Gordon Bay P.O. Muskoka
[P.S.] As i expect to go to my Brother in Laws wedding tomorrow which makes me feel rather sad as i do not think it will prove a happy one though life weddings are very serious unless true happiness follows through life.
1 There are many errors in spelling and punctuation in this letter. It has been transcribed true to the original.