W7769 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Gertrude Arnold
Nov 1 1908
To: Calvin McQuesten Knox College, Toronto, Ontario
From: 656 McMillan Ave., [Montreal, Quebec]
My dear Mr. McQuesten,
As I shall probably not see you in Toronto, I am forwarding the snapshot I took of you in Elm Park. The other one, which you took was a pretty little scene but I spoilt what would otherwise have been a good picture, Sorry!
As they felt a little nervous about Florence travelling [sic] alone, Willie went down for her on Saturday. We will be home again about the 25th, & I shall stay a week or 10 days with Florence. That will make it about the 12th till I reach Toronto, I suppose by that time you will have gone home for the holidays. Jim is staying with me just now & we are quite enjoying it together. I had a fleeting vision yesterday of Mrs. Montague1 proudly pushing a new red sleigh containing the son & heir. She is delightful, I think.
I do hope you will enjoy the holidays & am sorry not to be able to send you the other snap.
With kind regards, I am,
P.S. I heard your friend Mr. Carmichael2 on Sunday, & liked him exceedingly.
1 This is likely Annie (Fletcher) Montague, see W5990.
2 For Carmichael, see W6419.
3 Following is some correspondence of inquiry from a researcher.
From: Darren Savage
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 12:36 PM
Subject: Gertrude Arnold via Calvin McQuestern
Hello Dr. Anderson,
I"m an editorial assistant working with Dr. Colin Hill out of the University of Toronto.
I am conducting some research on an early 20th C. Canadian author named 'Gertrude Arnold'. I've come across your meticulous research in the process and discovered that Mr. Calvin McQuesten received several letters, (7769, W7477, W7526, W7633), from a 'Gertrude Arnold' between 1904 and 1908.
The letters provide me with reason to believe that this Gertrude may in fact be same Ms. Arnold who published a book entitled 'Sister Anne, Sister Anne!' in 1919.
What information, if any, can you provide/direct me to about the Gertrude Arnold who wrote to Rev. Calvin McQuesten over a four year period? What was the nature of their relationship?
Thank you so much for your research and time!
After some research at Whitehern Museum, this is our reply:
Dear Darren Savage: Thank you for your E-Mail about Gertrude Arnold. I am sorry to say that I cannot direct you to any other information than that which is in the letters. You might try Jones & Smith in Toronto as the first letter suggests that she may be working there. You could also try finding the minutes of the Literary Society that they both attended in Montreal, and, of course, you have her address in Montreal for further research. As you know Calvin was a journalist with the Toronto Times and the Montreal Gazette. The reference to "Valentines" suggests the possibility of a relationship between them, but we have only those four letters.
The Whitehern team has checked the library catalogue at Whitehern and Gertrude Arnold's book is not listed.
I will add your inquiry and any subsequent correspondence to a footnote to the earliest letter along with a reference to the other letters. This may bring a response from others searching the site. If you prefer that we not do this please let me know. Good Luck with your research. Sorry that we could not be of more help.
Sincerely, Dr. Mary J. Anderson
The four letters mentioned in this correspondence are: W7477, W7526, W7633, W7769.