W-MCP2-4.070 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., L.L.B. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 17 1908 Wednesday [approximate date]
To: Thomas McQuesten 41 Isabella St. Toronto, Ont.
My dearest Tom,
Today I sent Hilda down to Dr. Arnott for some thing for myself I was needing, and he then spoke to her about Ruby. He said that Ruby's Bronchitis is almost Chronic and her hoarseness shows signs she is often asthmatic. He might go on dosing and spraying as he has been doing, but he would not take the responsibility. The one and best thing was to send her to Calgary, he thought two or three months of rest and clean atmosphere would completely clear it up. Of course this is very upsetting but it might be worse and I am trying not to be nervous about it. I only wish the doctor had told us sooner as we may have sent her off beginning of the month.
Have written to Mrs. Whittemore as to when she is going and Hilda has written to Florrie Whittemore as to a boarding place1. Of course I know the expense will be great but I trust we shall be brought through this, as we have been brought through past difficulties. With much love, dearie.
Your Loving Mother
M. B. McQuesten
1 For Ruby's illness, see W6135. This is one of the early indications of Ruby's illness which was eventually diagnosed as tuberculosis.
On June 19, 1908 Mary writes a longer letter to Calvin with the same message about Ruby (W6161).
In W6196, July 13, 1908, Ruby sends a postcard home written just before she and Mrs. Whittemore reach Calgary. Florrie Whittemore was already a patient in Calgary. Ruby died in 1911.