(W-MCP2-4.036) MICROFILM REEL SHOWS LETTER "MISSING" MICROFILM INDEX STATES :
"Mother to Tom 1907 re renting of house to 'Old Club' for six months"
[This letter is likely the second letter to Tom in the same envelope with (W-MCP2-4.037, dated March 7, 1907) which is listed on the Microfilm as #37].
W-MCP2-4.037b TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Mar 7 1907
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten Messrs Royce & Henderson Barristers, Molson Buildings. King St. West., Toronto, Ontario
My dear Tom,1
As Cal. was here so recently I thought he would excuse a letter this week. Just after he left a note came from Mr. Chisholm saying Mr. Hugh Baker and Arthur Mason secretary of the Old Club wished very much to interview me, as to renting my house. So I consented as we had been talking it over and thought it would be a very good scheme; if we could get $1000 for six months, we could rent a house at Oakville and have a good balance to put our house here in better shape, get some new carpets, &c. So I saw them and yesterday afternoon they came over to see the house. As it was our day the house was looking its best and it really is so superior to what I see around here that I feel less inclined than ever to go out of it whilst our family is as large as it is, and when Ruby is home and Edna stronger work will be lighter and (D.J.) [sic] you will be started this year.
The house, I think seemed to suit them, but the money is the question. Mr. Baker is afraid the members will not consent so such a price and they are not all agreed as to moving over at all. I talked it over with Mr. Bell and he said I should not take a dollar less and $500 more if they are not ready to go out by time specified. If they come, it will be about 10th April till end of October which is really seven months but I think if I get the $1000 for that time it will be doing very well, and after that time, so much a month. I do hope they'll take it, it would be fine to have some money for repairs &c., but have very little hope. At the same time did not feel like taking less. We (H. & I) inspected Myles' Store House, they have a room specially for pianos, a dollar a month is charge, then different sized compartments & one which looked rather too large for our need was $14 a month. Mr. Mason would have the library for his office, the books in open shelves would be packed in boxes and the other cases locked; then a great many things, ornaments, china &c. can be stored in the attic and lock the door. Mary's wardrobe can also stay and dining room sideboard, the pictures too would be quite safe, both Mr. C. and Mr. Bell say no rowdyism is allowed; they would use the dining and breakfast rooms for meals. Think the pictures would run less risk than by being moved and we have no old masters to be stolen. Well, this is all at present. With best love from all to you both.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Did you Dr. [??] funeral? Poor fellow he was at college with your father.
1 This letter was contained in an envelope with another letter, see W-MCP2-4.037a