W-MCP2-4.088 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., L.L.B. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 19 1908
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
I am enclosing you some letters from Ruby, as she says, she seems to have been slow in taking in about her ticket. She has been so slow that one would think that some of my letters had not reached her at all; my opinion is that hers has been another case of nervous prostration; and now she is putting on flesh as other cases. As I have sent her the forty dollars, I am now reckoning that the money from the ticket will carry her through January and it was easier for me to find the money now, so it is better. You see she pays $4.00 a week for board, in Oct. paid $12 a month for room, since that $10 for room, in the three months and 13 weeks and she has some needs besides. I do not think you quite understood me, as to your spending, you are always very careful and your one extravagance (?) is coming to see me. Well, I thought that $2.00 would pay little things for you, such as street car tickets, laundry, and you could save as much as possible for your clothes. For I am most anxious you should get that tuxedo suit, you may at any time be asked out and you have nothing to wear, and then the Fraternity (is it wk) [sic] will probably mean functions and I want you to be ready, so do not spend any more on us this year. Next week if you and Cal. send up your clothes I will bring them down for you the week after, as that will be the time set for me to see Dr. Capon again. My mouth seems to be coming alright, I am thankful to say.
Think you have done well to pay half on your over-coat and so glad for you to have one you like. The man brought us some fine potatoes only 75 cts. a bag. We have all winter supplies now. I am getting my finances very well planned. I had got behind with Mr. Chisholm almost $80 owing to insurance to be paid; well I have paid over this month more than $46 of it. Then in Dec. all being well, I shall pay up $250 of the $350 note at the bank, paying the rest on March 1st. The February money for Ruby, I shall have to look for, though some of it can come out of Bold St. rent, for my household supplies are paid for.
So I am very thankful to have got so far on, with such a very heavy outlay; and do not want you to get behind with your own affairs for that would not help matters at all. Well, dearie, must say good bye. With fondest love.