c/o Mrs. Wm. MitchellW-MCP2-4.083 TO MISS HILDA MCQUESTENfrom her mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 28 1913
To: Hilda McQueston 150 Sinclair Drive, Langside, Glasgow, Scotland
From: 'The Manse'
Your letter has just come from Interlaken, so thoughtful you are getting along so nicely and able to see everything as much as possible. I sent Tom a cheque to purchase a Cook's note for you and sent it on, I do hope his writing will not prevent your getting it. But just inquire for it if it is not there when you reach Mrs. Mitchell. Do not be afraid to use the money, I have plenty for everything. I notice that plaids are to be very fashionable and Edna thinks she would like a whole plaid dress green and blue with [?] stripe. I do not know [?] [?] cheaper in Scotland. I am so glad you are staying on, so as to get as much as possible out of the trip, it is not so easy crossing the ocean. I hope the "Grampian" will be a good boat. It seems very trying that I cannot be in Hamilton to receive you. Before I came away, I sent E.'s mattrass [sic] to be redone, and it may not be returned, but my bed will be ready, and Tom and Alice will be delighted [?] you. I expect E. will [?] go down immediately [?] I'll keep her here. [?] McKerracher was here for Sunday. Cal. had gone up to Lake Joseph Church and Elgin House, communion at both services. Saw Mrs. Vincent and Jean at the latter place. He went on Friday and stayed at Staney Brae, and did not reach him till Monday night. I am sure you must have had a most trying time in the ships. It is a sore temptation, I expect we'll want to hold on to everything you bring, but one of the delights of traveling is being able to buy and, I hope you didnít stint yourself too much. [?]day was a Children's Fair [?] everything made by [?] It started with a [?] of them at 1 o'clock from the school, under auspices of Women's Institute, they sold refreshments, Mrs. Wheedon invited us to have tea with her. Have not got over to her house yet.
Cool evenings and gets dark soon now, and go driving in afternoons. If you sail on 12th am not sure you will escape equinoctial gales, but trust you will have warm fine weather. Hope you have registered your names like other Canadian celebrities, says Mr. Chisholm. Heard from Mattie, she is so anxious you should see Miss McLean as she will be much disappointed not to see you, but you may not be able to manage it. However, I hope you are seeing Edinboro and all you can. Give my kindest regards and [?] to Mrs. Mitchell. Do [?] if is any use writing. I am taking things very easy and resting myself. E. very well. Mary too and Cal. All join in much love and with fondest love from myself.
Your loving mother
1 Portions of this letter torn away.