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1873-1903 l  A1-(1380) To Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten1 213 East 53rd St. New York 34 Gloucester Street Toronto, June 8, 1873 My dear Calvin You will, I trust, question this rather familiar manner of addressing you, but I didn’t like the idea of treating as a stranger one who is soon to be my “big brother” too, and with whom I hope, to be ever on terms of warmest friendship. But I have not time to write a lengthy epistle and therefore I must come at once to the point, which is to invite you to my wedding. We shall all be very glad to see you and in fact will be very disappointed if Isaac’s only brother is absent. It is to be a quiet affair, and therefore not very much inducement to come so far, and I know, it must be difficult for you to get away from your engagements, but still, if you can come I shall take it as quite a favour to myself, and Isaac is very anxious to have you.2 Believe me, yours very sincerely Mary Baker  A2-(4283) To Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten New York Hamilton December 28, 1875 My dear Brother, When I came home from posting your handkerchiefs, I found your magnificent presents awaiting me, and if I could have recalled my order, I certainly should, for your [illegible] quite made me ashamed of it. Many many thanks dear brother Calvin for your kindness, but it was altogether too much, one half would have been a large gift. Such a grand book and the little I could glance into the reading matter very interesting. The [illegible], I Notes for Part Four start on page 240 75 assure you, was greatly admired. I never saw any so pretty before and such a fine quality. I told Isaac you ought to charge the latter to him because it was altogether too much. And I am sure you have just robbed yourself. I intended to write you immediately but I had hardly time to look at the presents when I began getting blind with a sick headache. I suffer so fearfully from heartburn and indigestion that I can hardly walk down town and back without being knocked up. But I fancy I can do nothing but endure it for a while any way. When I can’t stand it, I take something that relieves me for the time but it will be on again in half an hour, the worse of it is you know that I am always hungry and it is such hard work to keep from eating. I wish you could see Tiny.3 She is just the picture of health but I am afraid she would lead you a sad life of it, for Isaac never has a minute’s peace, the moment he comes in she goes for him. Isaac thought it was so troublesome getting anything through the custom house, we would just post the handkerchiefs. Hope they reach you. With many thanks. Believe me, your loving sister M. B. McQuesten  A3-(4297) To Calvin McQuesten c/o Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten Hamilton, New York September 9, 1882 My own dear Cally, Every day I have been trying to find time to write you a letter, but I have been so busy. We all miss you very much, and so many ask me “where is Cally,” and when I tell them “Cally is in New York,” they seem quite surprised to hear he is such a traveller. Yesterday morning your papa took Tiny [Mary] and Hilda up to see the exhibition at the Crystal Palace,4 and they were all sorry you were not here to go with them. They came home with a balloon each. Tiny is going to school to Mrs. MacKay on Monday and when you come home you are to go too.5 I hope you are not feeling homesick, I often feel very lonely without you my dear little boy and will be so glad when the time comes for you to come home. Katie came back to-night and they all had a great frolic in the kitchen.6 Papa went up to Hespeler yesterday and is not coming home till to-morrow. Tom is growing such a big baby, you will not know him when you come home. Now, my dear little Cally, good bye, be a very good boy to your uncle. All send you...


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