W-MCP2-4.061 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 10 1907 [approximate date]1
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten [22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario]
My dearest Tom,
This clearer weather will suit you better, I am sure such dark foggy days as we had must have been trying, but Sabbath morning was the loveliest Spring day. This is the week of meetings, though the weather was so unfavourable on Tuesday, we had a fine attendance at our auxiliary. I had got my new map of the Islands of the Sea put up and Mrs. D. Graham gave a map talk. Yesterday M. and I made a lot of West end calls, but the wind was very trying, all the way up.
Little Mary Taylor was in for tea and says although Aileen Carey's husband is very polite and they seem very happy, but she cannot bear foreigners. I am afraid it is the same with me, their very politeness makes me despise them, which is very wrong I know.
Roller skating seems to be the rage with the people who have money to spare, from all accounts they have a most beautiful rink on James St., it is well ventilated and there is no dust, but the prices are high, 25cts. afternoon, 40cts. evening, which keeps out the rough element, but also the respectable poor, like ourselves. I called to see Mrs. Stuart yesterday Alice's mother, who was telling me poor Louis Stuart's trial in connection with the estate of his brother the wholesale grocer who died. Donald Sutherland was owing the business between $1100 and $1200, for John S. had felt sorry for Sutherland and kept letting him have goods, so Louis went to him and explained that he was obliged to close the estate for his sister-in-law (all she got was $75.). But Donald cried and said he would go insane, so poor Louis was in a very hard place, for it was perfectly useless for the man to go on, and now that the man has gone, he feels very sorry, and yet he could not do otherwise.
By the way, Cal. took down with him the December Pres.[Presbyterian] Record and I want you to be sure and read an address by Sir Alex Fraser of Bengal. I think it is page 529. Tell Cal. about it. I had a letter from Mrs. Royce, Winnipeg so her present reached. I wrote Cal. insisting that he go where board is good, told him to inquire as to it, where Grieg was. There is really nothing to relate, nothing but meetings for me this week and now I must take a rest before starting for the Ladies' Aid. With fondest love, dearie.
Your loving mother
1 Dated by context, Alexandra Skating Rink opened on December 26, 1906 (HPL Sp. Coll. Spectator).