W-MCP2-4.085 TO MISS HILDA MCQUESTEN from her mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 22 1913
To: Hilda McQuesten 'Whitehern' Hamilton, Ontario
From: 'The Manse' Bracebridge
We are anxiously looking in the Globe, which does not reach us till evening to see if the Grampian has arrived. It has been a long week for us, the longest ever. Edna thinks your card from Glasgow, dated 9th but I think it was 10th came this morning. I am sure you were glad to have stayed over. My letter went off in a hurry on Saturday.
We think it would be a good plan to take up dining room carpet for the winter, but scarcely leave it without anything and I thought a rug like the crumb cloth in our dining room would do nicely and is the cheapest thing. The size of carpet here is 12 ft x 9ft. I do not know if you can get one so large and what would be the price. You could look anyway. Sloppy people are such a nuisance. If it costs too much we might think of matting but that is troublesome to put down. You know I just paid $5.00 for ours but am afraid it is smaller than this carpet, and I got it at Souter's special sale. Then Mary says, she left that rubber sheet from Miss M. in your drawer, so she says to take that & leave hers that you have in her room. Did I make it clear, that if you were to come up, we would arrange to come home, for Mary must not work any longer. Her face has not been a bit well. But if you felt like staying a couple of weeks with Cal., it is for you to say. I suppose one trouble will be your clothes. But you have your blue coat for best and suit for driving. When you let me know if you are coming will get you to bring up some money with you. Hoping you are safe at home. With much love.
Monday evening. The afternoon post told of the arrival of the Grampian and brought your welcome letter posted at Quebec. It just seems wonderful to think that you are home again. We should be very thankful, indeed. Sorry you could not come back on the fine steamer but one cannot have everything and your visit to Scotland was worth a good deal. You must come just as soon as Tom can spare you. Mary and I have to come down Friday of next week on account of her meeting and mine the first Tuesday. But she wants to stay here for a few days after you come. I am enclosing cheque for money to bring up with you and Eastern tourist ticket, when you come. See if there are any pears to be done, not sickles or crab apples for jelly. It would be nice to have some jelly. Alice could see to it. With fondest love, and welcome home from all.
Your loving mother