W-MCP3-5.004 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 16 1908 Monday Morning
In care of (c/o)
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten Masten, Starr & Spence, Barristers, Canada Life Bldg Toronto
My Dearest Boy,
I had fully intended to write you on Saturday, but in the afternoon I was taken for a little drive. My old friend Mrs. Bell was again staying with her niece Mrs. Poole at Mrs. Frank Malloch's house.1 Mary went up to see her and explain I could not, so Mrs. Poole said when she was taking her Aunt out, they would call for me. It was such a lovely afternoon and we drove through Dundurn and saw the tulips. I could not help regretting you were not here then and yesterday. It was such a fine warm day for sitting on the verandah, the trees are just in their first green and there were so many birds; the weather was so cold and wet last week, there was not much advance. The little prune is just coming out. I only hope we shall have such fine weather this week when you come.
The reason I wanted a little monetary help was that this week the 21st I have to meet Ross's note and I just wanted enough to keep me going. If you could just send me $5.00 or $2.00 now, it is all I require, and I might need another five before end of month. On the 30th the McPhie Int. comes in. I do not want to take any from you more than I can help, as I have to send Ruby away and have no money to do so. I shall be obliged to accept your kind offer for that. Dr. Arnott thinks Ancaster a very good locality as it is high and dry, they do not think so much of Muskoka now.2
Heard from Cal Thursday, he seems to be thoroughly enjoying life. I can assure you E.[Edna] thoroughly enjoyed the luncheon, I was glad you took her, she has seen so little and admires everything so much, she did not let us know when she was coming and came bravely up by herself, her suitcase is very light. E. says hyacinths in your park are fine. With much love dearie.
Your loving mother.
1 For Bell family, see W4531.
For Malloch family, see W4582.
2 For more on Ruby's illness, see W6135.