W-MCP3-5.007 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 15 1904
To: Thomas B. McQuesten 41 Isabella St. Toronto Ontario
My dear dear boy,
Three weeks ago only to-day since Christmas and it seems like as many months. This week has been occupied with meetings till I feel sometimes like running away. Monday was invited by Mrs. Sanford with a few ladies to afternoon tea to meet a Miss McKinney who is here in the interests of a mission to India under the auspices of Lord Kinnaird, quite enjoyed the afternoon. I suppose you have been having a lot of snow like ourselves. This last snow-storm cost me a dollar. I am quite tired of it and the winter is only half over. There really does not seem to be anything to say. Cal's letter on Monday had no special news, he thought the new horse was going to suit him. I had also a letter from Mrs. Jaffary thanking me for the book I sent her, and saying she thought Cal looked stronger but wondered how he stood all the hardships, but he never complained.
Hilda had an invitation to go down to Mrs. Stevenson's tomorrow Saturday by three o'clock train. I did not write you before for I knew you were busy, and you would probably hear from Sydney before Saturday. Sydney asked her to come on a Saturday so she could meet her1.
Yesterday a gentleman called to see if I had ever an idea of selling this property. I said I might if I got a sufficient price to make it worth my while. The only thing about it is that it's so very large a house when we have to do our own work, and the servant's wages are quite beyond me. Of course, I could get no house at such a cheap rental as my taxes are, but a very small one, and it is rather hard to come down to an ordinary house after this large one. At the same time these new houses have many conveniences and are easier to heat, and if we are to do our own work, it is a great temptation to have a small convenient house, only it would be a trial to leave the old house if one were to remain in Hamilton. There was a time when I would have liked Toronto, but now I seem afraid of new people.
If you have any stockings to be darned, take them up to Tousie [Hilda]. Hope you are getting ahead of your work. Miss Fisher was greatly pleased with your photo. With much love dearie.
Your loving Mother
1 For Stevenson family, see W5172.