W-MCP2-4.091 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., L.L.B. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Nov 14 1908
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
We were much annoyed by the Express people taking too long to send for the pears as Hilda had marked the ripest basket for Cal. so that he could distribute them at once. I only found this out to-day, so you had better look at them. I have been busy as possible getting the manure put on the garden and various things. To-day I had some scillas and crocuses put in and three anemones and McKay is to get a load of manure for "the heart," what we have at the stable he says is really no good; it was too bad after I had got the sailor man to put it on the asparagus bed &c.
I had to arrange for money to send Ruby so I went to Ross expecting to get the difference between the Interest money ($55) and his account of $31, but he very kindly of his own accord asked me if I would like to have the whole of it and let the account stand till Spring. It was quite a providence as I had to send Ruby $40 and paid balance to Dr. Arnott, as I owed Mr. Chisholm a good deal and did not want to ask him. However, I am not worrying, but we all of us need to be as careful as possible so as to clear off as many things as possible by the end of the year, when people always worry over their money. By this, I do not want you to think I mean you to do without your new suit, for I know you require it, but I think your coming home often to cheer me up, and I love to have you, but now I am getting on well, and am in very good spirits and I know you need every dollar to meet your requirements to the end of the year. Edna is much relieved to hear you are not living at Wood St. as she was most uneasy for fear "your digestion would be ruined."
Cal. was here for a few hours this afternoon, it has been snowing and looks like winter. We went down town about five o'clock, crowds at the Spectator Office and great shouting at news of the Tigers winning. Yesterday, went to see Mrs. Proctor, heard all about the will. Mr. P. did not leave nearly as much as supposed. The girls had a little "Tea" on Wednesday.
Hilda enjoyed the Sheffield Choir immensely, she thought the singing most beautiful but the great pleasure consisted in the getting in. You know at the Drill Shed is just one small door and the crowd was perfectly terrific, women became hysterical and their clothes were almost torn off their backs. Some who had $1.50 seats could not reach them and 50ct. people finally got into them, and every one came in looking as if they had been in a battle and protesting vigorously. H. of course enjoyed the whole thing immensely. We hear that Harry Lyle is engaged to a young widow. Well, my news is exhausted, we are just about ready for winter, our butter has come in, the only delinquent is the potato man. You must take care of yourself, dearie and keep your feet dry. When you do not come home you and Cal. could express your clothes up every two weeks, and then your socks would be properly stretched and mended for I do not think Cal. is coming up again till Christmas. With fondest love.
Your affectionate mother