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W-MCP1-3a.020 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 8 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

My Dearest Tom,

It was more than trying to have such weather as you had in St. Mary's. It is such a pretty town when you see it in good weather. I was particularly taken with it and the Edie house must be on one of the lovely hills. Mrs. Irving's former house was on the other height in a fine situation. It is very unfortunate about the minister, I heard about it some time ago from Mrs. Maxwell. You would be near their house. Poor Mr. Jennings, when I saw his initials, I knew he was the one your father knew. The Street Car Strike is a very serious thing for many.

I want to come to Dr. Capon and the weather has been so fine, but yesterday morning the one day convenient for me, I did not feel inclined to walk down to the wharf. I am sending a card to know if he is in his office Saturday afternoon. If so I will telephone your office when I reach there, as weather may not be fine and not fair.

Stuart Macdonald told me he saw you at the football match. It must have been very exciting. We had two strenuous days with Miss Honeycomb, then we had a small tea on Tuesday afternoon for Miss Buchanan and Miss Craig was here too. We had Mr. And Mrs. Joe Thomson, Lady T.[Thomson], Mrs Dewar, Wardrope, Malloch, Mullin, Leitch and two or three could not come. They had quite a gay afternoon. Yesterday Mr. Murray took Edna and me for a drive, it was a very fine sunny afternoon. To-day we have to help Mrs. Mullin at a "Tea" and Mrs. Thomson to-morrow. In fact I am just bothered with these teas, they take so much time and there are other things I want to do. Last Friday we were at Mrs. Gordon Henderson's, "Idylwild" is very artistic having been decorated under Miss Evans' supervision. Very artistic, but after all I prefer my old house. Next Tuesday, I expect Mrs. Taylor of Indore. She is to speak at our Thanksgiving offering meeting in the morning and next morning I accompany her to Guelph. The Presbyterial meets there for two days and I have been asked to stay both days and address the meeting and take charge of Question Drawer. So you see I am a very gay person.

[?]Various[? ] sums of money of our mortgages are being paid in and I am trying by putting in all my Bk. Of Montreal dividend and Mr. Chisholm advancing me a little to catch up some of my principal, Interest now 5 1/2 per cent which is a little advance and cheers one on. We have had to buy a new sewing machine, but what Ruby sends will nearly pay for it. When is your room rent due? Am afraid to risk it in a letter but will send postal note.1

St. Paul's chimes are to ring on Saturday night, we saw them all, there are eleven, each one inscribed with name of donor and inscription. The largest given in memory of John Moodie by his son, who also gave another in memory of his little daughter. One given by James Thompson, another by Senator Gibson, another by Ian Kidd in memory of his father, one by Mr. Vallance, one for Mr. Coburn and one sadly[?] by Choir, Ladies' Aid, and T.S.[?]. Cannot remember the other one. I expect we will have enough of them.

Wasn't the ending very disgraceful as to Mr. McGill in Ontario Bank affair? It seems to me the clerk would have been ashamed to confess his part in it, such deliberate lying. A great wedding yesterday of Senator Gibson's daughter to Mr. Eastwood, they left in an automobile for the Falls. Next week is Eleanor Malloch's, at which the chimes will ring. 2

Is there a great football match on Saturday? Well dearie, must close, with fondest love.

Your Mother

M.B. McQuesten


1 This discussion of money and investments gives us some indication of the financial state of the family. It is obvious that Ruby has been sending money home regularly, and in this case, it will purchase a new sewing machine. Ruby was also paying Tom's way through university, and occasionally gave money to Calvin. At this time, and until Tom graduated in 1907, Ruby was the only person in the family who was earning a salary. She was teaching at the Ottawa Ladies' College, and was earning approximately $5.99 per week (W4263). For more on Ruby, see (W6135). Also for her Biographical sketch, click on "Family" on the Home Page and then on her picture.


2 For another mention of this wedding and a brief bio. for Senator William Gibson and family, see, W5709. For Malloch family, see W4582.




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