W-MCP2-4.038 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Dec 13 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten [22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario]
My dearest Tom,
It is only 8:30 in the morning, but I made an early start and caught Mary napping in the literal sense. Last evening went out by the five o'clock train to take a meeting at Smithville and when I left house understood that the train left there about 9 o'clock a.m. but found it left at 7:20, so I had to rise at six and get my breakfast and take a twenty minutes walk to the station. But I was in quite a comfortable home and the weather had turned very mild so I did not suffer at all, only Mary was not well pleased at my catching her in bed. Then too they had left the back door unfastened so I could just slip in.
Just before I left yesterday had a message from Mr. Chisholm that Sutherland has given notice, that he will leave in January, which is a bother, as I do not know where to find another tenant, and the bit of money was very useful. Ruby had been feeling much better, but yesterday her head was aching again but I think it is neuralgia. Did I tell you Mrs. Needham had to be taken to the hospital with typhoid?
Edna is enjoying herself very much preparing for Christmas. We hear that Mrs. Ketchen had been sent for to go home as they do not think the sister will last till Christmas. It is such a terrible blow to the whole family. That Sabbath she was in church and you said she kept looking at us all the time, well the poor thing told them she did not know what was the matter with her eyes for she could not see. It was just that terrible kidney trouble, like Sam Sawyer had.
Well, Tomity dear there is nothing much to tell. I hope you have been able to keep your feet these days, the walking here has been perilous. I went down to see Mrs. Bell on Tuesday and found she had been up town day before, had fallen on King St. and broken her arm at the elbow and there she was suffering greatly and yet going about. I asked her why she didn't stay in bed, "Had to get up to dust." Dr. Malloch thought the end of the bone was broken off, it was so frightfully swollen he could not tell and might have to have the Roentgen Rays.1 Poor Mrs. Bell! Did you ever know such an unfortunate? Well dearie, I hope you will get on well next week. May God bless & keep you dear child.
Your loving mother
1 Wilhelm von Roentgen (1845-1923) invented the X-Ray in 1895 for which he received the Nobel Prize in 1901.