W-MCP2-4.008 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 14 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset, Ontario
My dearest Tomty,
Was so pleased yesterday to receive such a fine long letter. I know, Tom darling, we have suffered a great deal for many years. Now, from Railways, but still we must be Christians first and not allow a vindictive spirit to grow within us. The spirit of Christ teaches us above all things to rise above all petty spite and returns good for evil. The retaliatory spirit is that of a small mind and I am sure my Tom will never be small-minded, he will fight against this spirit of the devil. This is why my dearest boy, we have first to watch ourselves, and every morning before we start out for the day ask the Holy Spirit to be in us, showing we ourselves as we are and helping us not to live for ourselves or do as other men do but do as Christ would do. Now do not think I am writing this because I think you are vindictive, for I do not, you are quite above a mean action, but sometimes I like just to have a little talk with you.
I was much interested to know you had been doing some business in Hamilton and hearing from Lou Stevens about the Club and house, also had seen the house, for I had noticed so many houses having been entered in most bold-faced way. Think it would be a nice change to go to St. Mary's, go this month, whilst we are up here. You have only next Sunday or the next to go; the time is flying now, five weeks to-morrow since we started.
I am not much fatter, but a little I think, and certainly much better than if I had been in Hamilton in the hot weather, I am sure, you have suffered poor little fellow. Heard from poor Maggie, Mr. & Mrs. MacKay much prostrated by heat. Mrs. Clark had begged Mr. M. to build an upstairs verandah so Mrs. M. might be taken out on it, but he would not. Do not think myself it would be worth while, doubt if Mrs. M. could feel much difference. M. says she is like a child now, and had not spoken for several days. Mrs. Senkler went to Cushing's Island with the Clarks, the doctor went home. M. feels sorry for him, just like Gordon. Hilda says Bessie Richardson's house is so nice, she is most comfortable with nothing to do, they go driving and canoeing on the Saugeen. This morning E. went out with Jack Sparks in the canoe to take up the night line. There were a lot of ling, they are a poor fish. It is not allowed to catch salmon trout that way. They are a deep water fish and Mr. Hamilton of Galt who is here seems a skilled fisher and he has caught several fine ones, the last a very black skinned one, was most delicious.
The weather turned cold on Saturday night, it was too rough on Sabbath morning to row ourselves over, and Mr. Sparks will not go unless his own parson is preaching but in the evening a young man and his sister went with us over to the Methodist Church. The preacher was a young Englishman with broad accent, and he gave us a marvellous discourse, he said he was "physically weary from an eight miles walk from the last service," but his tongue evidently was untired. It seems wonderful how he ever thought of so much nonsense expressed in high-flown language, the words just poured out without any meaning, or connection. Not a word of Gospel or Bible teaching. I could scarcely contain myself, and even now I wonder if I ought not to write him a letter, and ask him what he is trying to do. Because if he has the faintest desire to be a true minister and save souls, he must preach the Gospel.
Did I mention hearing from "The Times" that Central Church is to build on corner of Caroline and Hannah St. The Terminal Station Co. has purchased the property on South Side of King from Catharine St. to H. L Wallace's. Many changes will come to Hamilton now, one wonders what may be next. Well, dearie I must close. With fondest love.
Your loving mother