W-MCP2-4.060 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 29 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten Dirleton, P.O. Carleton Co., Ontario
From: 5 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ont.
My dear dear boy,
Ruby and I reached here yesterday afternoon. We came down on the Turbinia. It was a very wet morning and we had to go to the boat in Torrents of rain, which tired one very much as it was warm, so that I was very much exhausted last night, but we had a good sleep and by to-morrow hope to feel much better. The Turbinia is a very fine vessel and we came down in a little less than two hours, but for a really comfortable seat prefer the Macassa's little upper saloon. It is the speed of the Turbinia that tempts one. Adam Hope came down with us and tried & was just as kind and attentive as he could be, but unfortunately he had to smoke all the time and I scarcely got any of the pure air, it is such a pity men have such troublesome habits. And he looks such a wreck too, why doesn't he take in the fresh air when he has a chance. Fortunately the rain had ceased when we reached Toronto.
Mrs. MacKay is much weaker I think, her memory has failed again and she wanders a little but she was just so anxious to see me, that the nurse spoke to Mr. MacKay, and I shall enjoy the rest and change with Ruby. Hilda went up to Walkerton to Bessie Gilbert the morning we left, so we left poor Mary alone, but I think Edna will go home to-morrow. This afternoon we are to drive out to Mrs. Gartshore's; it is a most beautiful bright day. Gordon is off with his wife; he came in for $10,000, a Life Insurance policy, that his father had taken for him on endowment plan. So in spite of his father, Gordon took the whole sum & is going through with it, as fast as he can, to the great distress of his father. It does seem too bad to think what a boon that money would have been to others I know. I always wished I could have taken out a policy of that kind but never any money to spare for the premiums. But however the lack of money saves us from many temptations and God knows just what is best for us, and I am very thoughtful for my dear good children, but would have liked to have given them many things, but it was out of my power.
Take good care of yourself my darling, and keep near to God, and be as helpful to others as you can, let that young lad who is with you see that you honour God and the Sabbath, and do not waste it altogether, though I know you must just be worn out and need part of it for rest. With fondest love.