W-MCP2-4.004 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 1 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset, Ontario
My darling boy,
I was so glad to receive your letter yesterday as it had seemed a good while since I heard from you, but I just thought something was occupying your attention. I am so sorry you did not get off on that timber business, perhaps it may materialize later.
We are going on as usual in a very quiet way. Yesterday a young chap here rowed us and another over to Dorset and then Edna and I walked about and rested in the woods whilst the others went berry picking. Such beautiful raspberries we get here and indeed we have an excellent table, Cream without stint and everything else that we want, very well cooked food and the table nice and very clean. If one did not get strong here it would be a hopeless case, the only trouble is I do not get moving to exercise to tire me physically. When I am not obliged, I cannot bring myself to climbing hills and clambouring [sic] over rocks; for one gets so lazy, it is hard to move, and there are no roads.
Just across the bay a lot of workmen from Pittsburgh have pitched their tents, they have large street lamps on poles to light them & a barber shop and a bar. A number arrived yesterday with their band, some of them are Jews. So I am very glad they are at a distance. The Steamship Co. is an American one, they bought out the Canadian two years ago, so they bought this lot up here; they asked Mr. Sparks for ground for their tents but he was nice enough not to give it.
The weather is perfect just now, but I am afraid you have been having a very hot time. On Sabbath we had an all day's rain, and it was a very long day indeed. I saw by the paper you had a storm. I was so glad to hear Hilda was looking so well, and that Harry Gooderham had looked you up.
Mr. Murray Sen. sent us a paper with Mr. Blackstock's death, and also Mr. Hendrie's will. The executors are to keep Holmstead always insured, in repair and if burned, restored. Mrs. H. is to have an annuity of $30,000 and a tenth of the first million and an eleventh of the second, the other members of family each to have a tenth and then an eleventh. He left $2,300,000. Didn't the miserable old sage leave an enormous sum? It is well his wife is benevolently inclined.
Did I forget to write you to buy the Saturday Globe and when you have read it, send it to us or did you forget? Mary seems to be thoroughly enjoying herself, has excellent board and gained four pounds. With fondest love, dearie.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] If you see H. ask her if the jersey sleeve reached her.