W-MCP1-3a.015 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
May 19 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten 41 Isabella St., Toronto, Ontario
My dear dear boy,
I was talking with Mr. Chisholm this morning and he just said it is just another case of giving everything to Toronto. There were only 3/10 of the marks to be given for scholarship and 2/10 for athletics. John A. was at the Senate and no one said anything. He sees so much of this Toronto spirit in all the Senate meetings. Prof. Macallum actually told Mr. C. that he had only voted for Snider as he thought Hamilton should not have more than one representative. One can scarcely conceive of such unfairness. It takes the courage out of one to think that it is not a case of merit in anything.
It makes one realize more and more that the only thing worth striving for is the approval of God, with Him we stand on our merits alone and no man has any voice in the matter. As things are now, an honest man has a hard time, but perhaps even in this world we may see that the man of integrity will be sought for, when men grow weary of dealing with rogues.
I do hope, dearie, you are getting on well with your exams, it must have been so hard to work after getting this disappointment, but we are not going to be discouraged. We do not know what may turn up.
Have not heard from Cal. this week. Ethel Atkinson is to be married on the 8th. Hilda has been invited. We have been having such a quantity of rain and such cool weather. We are troubled with a woodchuck in the garden and do not know how to get rid of him, saw him sitting in the path and he looked like a beaver. The man up at the little house is trying to get a trap. I am enclosing you an order on Yorkville. If it is not sufficient you must let me know. With fondest love.