W-MCP2-4.065 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 24 1904
In care of (c/o)
To: Thomas McQuesten T.S.H. Osler, Esq. Port Colborne, Ontario
My dear dear boy,
We have had a very cold snap and I have thought of you very often these cold mornings, but it is much milder to-day and the frost has not injured anything in the garden. There have been so many things to attend to lately that I have been near to death almost, as people say. Last evening we had Mrs. Bell, F. & H. to tea. They were greatly delighted with everything at Charlie's wedding. C. was said to have made the best bride-groom's speech ever made in Hamilton. Mr. B. was in a very bad frame when he set forth but came home in hilarious good humour. Their dresses were the finest here, the presents magnificent. But poor little Herbie had been nearly used up and he was so crotchety and cantankerous, correcting his mother so often, it was quite unpleasant, but when we heard of the amount of trotting about, he had been made to do for the wretched Charlie, who was also nearly beside himself, one felt nearly sorry for him, it was a great pity Herbie came home in time for it. Yesterday afternoon, I was at Mrs. Thomson's to meet Mrs. Gilbert Gordon, her sister, & her father, Sir Thomas Taylor and old Mr. Gordon.
Sydney S. came home on Monday and stays till to-morrow, she is very kind and attentive to Edna which is quite a help for it makes a good deal extra to have E. in bed, but I think she improves a little.
I asked Mr. C. before if you could help him in any way but he seemed to think he didn't know, but yesterday after hearing from you, went in again & as he was out, left message with girl if he had any cards to send them over. But he sent over just a dozen postals, as he had no others left, but I shall return these for if you can think of any one to write to you can afford the cards.
Mrs. Mullin has just come, so cannot write much more, but just that Calvin's letter was full of his fine trip through Kicking Horse Pass & the Great Divide. Such magnificent scenery, they went to Lake of the Clouds where the C.P.R. has a beautiful Hotel, "The Chalet." It is so beautiful there that C.P.R. does not need to advertise it, while at Banff there is no scenery and their large hotel there is a white elephant on their hands so they advertise it. Do you know, I think you have a most tiresome occupation you certainly earn your money, but hope now you will have beautiful weather. With fondest love dearie.
Your loving mother