W7905 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Eric A. Nobbs
Nov 11 1933
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten 'Whitehern,' Hamilton, Ontario
From: Civil Service Club, Cape Town, South Africa
Dear Mr. McQuesten,
I send you & through you to your brother my best wishes for Christmas & the coming year & my assurances that I have never forgotten your extraordinary kindness in showing me some of the choicest things I came across during my visit to Canada & which without your kind aid I should have never even known of.
I have the liveliest recollections of my drive through Hamilton with its beautiful & beautified layed [sic] in1--one of the most civilized spots I have seen in which commerce & industry have not swamped beauty but have actively helped to ensure that for all time the population shall have uplifting surroundings. The tour of the city & of your marvelous fruit trees & the Canal locks, the day culminating in nothing less than Niagara Falls is one of the red letter days of my life & taught me a very great deal, material & moral. And that you offered this to me, a total stranger is also unforgettable.
So I remember you both with much gratitude & good will.
Eric A. Nobbs
1 The writer likely means "laid in" meaning "to cause to be in," no doubt referring to the McQuesten family's many "City Beautiful" and "Garden City" projects effected by Tom's position with the Hamilton Board of Parks' Management, and Calvin's executive position in the Naturalist movement, such as Gage Park, Cootes Paradise, Royal Botanical Gardens, McMaster University and grounds, and many more. The "Social Gospel" movement with its emphasis on beauty and morality is also referred to in this letter, see W-MCP1-3b.015, W7085. See also W7913 from the same writer.