W8737 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 10 1913
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten, 'The Manse' Bracebridge, Ontario
My dear Calvin,
I have just been so busy that I couldn't get a minute to write you. I only got home on Saturday night from my tour. Wednesday morning started off by 9 o'clock G. T. R train to Simcoe, where I was most kindly entertained by Dr. and Mrs. Dey, who have a most comfortable manse. I think you met their son in Montreal. He is practising medicine at Grange near Chicago, but I have heard since that he married a widow with family, a boarding-house keeper. It does seem too bad of an only Son. We had a good meeting that afternoon and next day went to Port Dover, a half-hour's ride by train. There I was received by Mr. Robinson, the minister and very kindly treated by him and his wife. They have quite an imposing Manse. I am thankful yours is not so large as these are, we could neither have furnished them nor kept them. So we had our meeting there on Thursday afternoon; then I had to stay till the next afternoon and returned to Simcoe, there I was met by a Mr. Carroll from Caroline Congregation and driven 13 miles, reaching there just before six, we were have an Evening meeting.
Up to this time had the loveliest weather, than it began to rain, so the attendance was not so large. Then, as the man who is Supplying the pulpit just now, had to drive in to Simcoe, early in the morning, I was obliged to be up and drive back the 13 miles, go back. to Mrs. Dey till time for the afternoon train, which did not bring me home till 7 o'clock. Fortunately it was never cold, so I survived it, and I am getting rested and have had no relapse, which I think quite wonderful. To-day I had some business to attend to and was unexpectedly invited to a meeting to Mrs. Husband's to arrange for a reception for Sir Wilfred [Laurier] by the Liberal ladies, who is to be here on 26th.
Then I made quite a startling discovery when I took my fine fur coat out of the paper bag found the moths had eaten it, such a thing never happened to any of our furs, but this comes of trusting a new fashioned notion. I hope nothing has happened to yours. It seems to me I ought to be able to claim damages.
At Carholm is where Mr. Armstrong was and afterwards Mr. M. McKeracher.
At our Layman's meeting the Presbyterians were lunched at St. Paul's and I had to provide two meat pies. Next Monday night our McNab St. men are to have a Supper and we have to send two pumpkin pies. I am really getting tired of feeding. You will be thankful to have got yours out and be able to settle down to regular work.
I never saw Edna so thoroughly well as she is. Certainly Bracebridge has done great things for her. The girls are working hard to get the house cleaning done. Have been waiting for a week to get my carpet done hope to have it to-morrow, it has been dyed. Like my new paper very much. Must close.
With much love