W9072 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 13 1913
To: Calvin McQuesten 'The Manse' Bracebridge Ontario
Was glad to hear you had such an easy day on Sabbath. It is a great pleasure to some of the laymen to have an opportunity to air themselves. I do not think I have quite got over the elections yet, the excitement was so great, and then we had the congregational meeting last night, and tho' there was nothing exciting it some way more or less always excites me. Yesterday H. [Hilda] and I tried to make some calls too. We are having such dark damp weather, it is quite depressing. Charles Graham congratulates the congregation on fact of having for the first time spent more outside of themselves than on themselves. They managed by a little extra collecting to reach the sum allotted by the budget and also make up a $400 deficit for repairs. They really are a worthy congregation.
Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Dean and Agnes spent an afternoon with us last week. It seems Agnes was much distressed at the idea of you being left all alone. "Surely they are not going to leave Mr. McQuesten all alone." It was really too bad about the Gravenhurst people losing the Local Option, by such a few votes, it just enrages one at the people who are not interested enough to stir a step, as we found [?] here. It would have been a great satisfaction to have got John Thomson in, but I would not think him the popular kind.
Tom is now struggling with his exam papers, in spite of many interruptions, the Church Report amongst other things. Mary is down at the Italian Mission, they are giving a farewell, to Mr. Mitchel, who is leaving [?]. He cannot stand the work, gets so little help from the people. My Cataract dividend came in yesterday so I have been enjoying myself paying off bills. We cannot understand why February has been chosen for the Young People's Societies to take up Livingstone. March is the month in England, and the right date.