W-MCP2-4.062 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 21 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten Dirleton, P.O. Ontario
My dear dear boy,
It's too bad none of those stupid men would go to the P.O. What was Courtney H. doing? I should have thought when he went home, he would have been sure to go. I sent you papers too. There are such a lot of good for nothing men, as Hilda says, she cannot be bothered with them all. Yesterday our hose came off the coupler and Riddell's men were working across the way, so Ruby went out & got one of them to fix it. We had pincers & new wire. But it was out again a minute & H. went out & fixed it perfectly. It was just the same last summer, unless I got a plumber, not a man could do anything with the hose.
We had some very warm days beginning on Saturday and the nights between mosquitoes & heat were most trying, but it just pleasant & cool again. Ruby & Hilda went down with Helen Locke to spend Monday with Mary T. and enjoyed it as much as a boiling day would allow. They went on Turbinia but it seems its engines make a fearful heat and as you go on you meet this fiery furnace. Of course it is very windy on the hurricane deck. Next week R. & I must go down to see Mrs. MacKay so I shall see for myself, but the time-table is most inconvenient. In order to have three trips a day, it leaves here at 7 a.m., 12 & 4:30 p.m. So scarcely know which to take. If I go at 4:30 will be rather late for dinner, if I go at noon, must take my lunch.
Mrs. Dr. Reeve invited Mrs. Mullin down to Brant House to have dinner with her & the doctor and I was much pleased to hear that he spoke very highly of you. You are just a dear & a great comfort to your mother. Your letter came to-day and am glad to know that you have been finding refreshment in various quarters one would think your [?] end was looking for grub. To think of those poor people toiling at berry picking for you fellows to gobble. You will not be asked there again you'll see. As I warned you in my last letter, I must do so again, it is very dangerous to eat too much. I have known of two or three enormous eaters but they did not live very long. If you can persuade that poor boy Greene to give up that work, it is a great mistake for a growing boy to do work too hard for him, he might injure himself for life, you just talk to him & advise him, he is ashamed perhaps to give up but it is a great deal more sensible.
We received a lot of photos from Cal., do not like to send them to you, as they might get lost but they are very good & I got out our large magnifying glass which brings out the faces very well. I have you the News full of the Dundonald demonstration, no doubt there were some truly sincere admirers and when people remembered his relief of Ladysmith, they ought to be enthusiastic, but unfortunately one cannot help feeling that most of the noise was made by Scotchmen and small wire-pulling Tories. It seems as if so little praise is given to anyone purely on merit, and the one party is so glad of every opportunity to make capital against the other party, that one feels the demonstration is not all it seems. These horrible politicians spoil everything.
Well, I cannot think of any thing more to say. Emily Colquhoun went off to New York Friday and was met there by Mrs. Babcock (Miss Neal) who went with her up the Hudson to Yonkers where the hospital is. Herbie Bell writes his mother that for the first time since his illness he is able to go to bed & sleep peacefully & has lost the craving for excitement. Florrie goes off next week for change of air & Mrs. Bell will be left to rest at home.
Take good care of yourself dearie, would like to see your moustache & beard. If you could get a picture of yourself now, or before you shave it would be interesting. With best love, dearie.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Dirleton is in Ontario