W-MCP2-4.054 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, Esq., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 27 1905
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St. Toronto, Ontario
My dearest boy,
What you say about gardeners as a class is certainly very true, this week had a fresh experience. On Monday secured the roller from Mr. Harvey's man and a man was to meet Willie Stuart here the next morning. The man did not appear, but providentially got a man who was passing by to come in, he really did remarkably well and returned next morning to do some digging and I had thought of engaging him for the Summer, he had done nearly all I wanted when I put him to settle the front border with Willie's help. I had worked till I was tired and got all done but one side, and thought he might finish, but just like a man, having to go down on his knees to fix round the violets was too much for him, so he got up in a huff and went off. Amidst the confusion, I lost my glasses, but you will be glad to know I have got quite a pretty pair. I wish you could just see the violets, such quantities all over, round every bush too, and the daffodils in the heart are most lovely, do not think you have seen them for years.
To-day the ladies arranged for the reception on May 11th, so hope you will be home for that, we are busy now collecting for a gown. The ordination and induction is to be on Thursday next, the days seem just to fly, the girls have been working so hard getting curtains done and sewing, we are preparing to send a box of things to R. [Ruby] on her birth-day, just the summer things. Hilda has made them so beautifully and we like to send them for her birth-day.
The man from the stable has just been in asking if we noticed anything, for there has been stealing going on, whole cases have been taken off the wagons. It must be someone who has got a key. Mrs. Kerr has sold her house and some strangers coming. Was glad to hear from Cal. he was feeling so well. When do your exams begin? Have been interrupted so often that this is a very poor scrawl. We are expecting Miss Fisher on Saturday and perhaps Sydney S. With much love dearie.
Your loving mother