W-MCP2-4.059 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 4 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten Dirleton, P.O. Carleton Co., Ontario
From: 5 Queen's Park
My dear dear boy,
I was so very glad to receive your letter on Saturday send on here by Mary, Ruby & I are endeavouring to enjoy ourselves as well as we can, though it is somewhat depressing. Yesterday, Mrs. M. took a bad turn and the doctor said she might go any minute but she revived again. Willie came home on Monday and he went with us to Riverdale Park, this morning. It is a very pretty place nicely laid out, & we saw the elephant, lion, polar bear the two buffaloes, lately sent from National Park at Banff some elk, and a number of other animals and birds. On Tuesday we went out to Mrs. Gartshore's to tea. Aleck & Johnnie G. came up in the evening, Aleck was on his way out to Vancouver after settling his father's affairs. Charlie G. & Edna drove us in. E. has been sleeping finely & looks well. On Monday Arthur & Mary Trigge took Helen Locke & Ruby out to Bond Lake, it was Civic holiday, so they had to stand in the cars all the way out & all the way in, taking 3 hours to come home.
Yesterday Mr. Henderson & Ernest left for the old country, we are going there this evening for dinner. Before that we go for a drive, poor Mr. MacKay tries to give us what pleasure he can. I told you that Gordon had come in for a $10,000 life policy. So he "had the trip of his life" he told Maggie. He came here yesterday in a cab for some things; but he was not at all himself; he has bought a house in Parkdale & he and the wife are there. They say she drinks too, so the boarding-house keeper on Church St., could stand them no longer. Mr. MacKay is simply distracted for no one knows what G. may do next and the wife seems to have a lot of hangers on, her father a shoe-maker. The weather keeps cool, too cool I am afraid for many things, but very agreeable for us.
Hilda writes that she is having a pleasant time in Walkerton. Cal. writes that weather has been very dry, and prairie fires were starting west of them. He expects to start for home end of September but do not ruin his plans. Well, dearie, I hope you are not having too much hard work. I hope you have had fine weather we have had a good deal of rain. May God bless & keep you my dear boy, and may you not forget him! With fondest love.
Your loving mother