W-MCP2-4.006 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 18 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset P.O.
My dearest boy,
Was delighted to receive your long letter to-day; mine was evidently a long time on the way to you. We are just beginning to understand the postal service here. [three lines illegible]. But have [?] come once a day to Baysville so unless we catch that two o'clock mail we don't get another till next day.
Well, Tom dearie you certainly had your [?] in week between girls making you play tennis and drunken men. It was most aggravating to lose your cuff link and I am sorry too for it was a pretty pair and yet it was certainly worth while to save a man's life, and yet I know there does seem something so useless and hopeless about a drunken one. However, one never knows, it would have been interesting to know his name. Did he get conscious enough to know his narrow escape? I hope he did.
We are still by ourselves here, except the young couple, Mr. & Mrs. Johnstone from Toronto, who are very nice indeed. He told me Harry Whittemore had gone to Calgary, and as he has some good connections there in insurance work &c. thinks he ought to do well, thinks Harry is going into partnership with someone. We are certainly far from the madding crowd and I am afraid we shall get very tired of it, but we must be thankful for the fine rest and quiet and beautiful scenery, and more people are expected shortly, hope they be will be congenial.
Cal. writes weather had been very warm. I told Mary to send on a "Times" to you. Do not know where Mr. Will. Hendrie heard our house was to be turned into a factory, think it a most improbable thing, as all factories are going to the North. Am sending another "Times" to Mary to-day, which reports Dr. Lyle's remarks at some meeting in which he mentions a table given by Dr. McQuesten had been saved from fire and would be placed in the new church.
There have been some large Japs [sic] going down which has interfered greatly with the Steamers. We were so fortunate the night we came up getting in unusually early, the other night the Japs kept the steamer till 2 a.m. It suits Edna very well up here, she is very lively at times. What a tremendous procession the Orange one must have been? I hope you are having cooler weather, as we are. There was a change last night. The papers are full of drowning accidents. Never go in bathing alone, one never knows when cramps may seize one. May God bless and keep you dearest love.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] As you had to use up all your birth-day money for board, enclosed will buy or help buy you a cuff link. More [?] I will send.