W-MCP3-5.010 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 21 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten 41 Isabella St., Toronto, Ontario
My dear dear boy,
Received your usual letter at tea time on Saturday the postman was a little late and they all teased me that the letter was not coming but it came. I am not at all anxious about your trying for the Rhodes Scholarship, the more I think of it, the less am I sure that it would be for your advantage as it would postpone the completion of your law course to such a late date. Then I think if you did win it, it might lead to your taking up some other life work, which would be to your greater advantage. Mr. Chisholm strikes one as being pretty comfortable, and yet he said the other day, there was only enough made to keep up one's life assurance. We must indeed trust to Divine guidance, for we are always working in the dark1.
Last night we had the Annual meeting of the congregation and unfortunately Mr. Charles Graham had to refer to the poor attendance at the choir concert. I suppose this fired Skedden, for he finally gave the congregation a regular scolding and behaved in the most abominably rude manner to the Doctor [Fletcher] who was in the chair. As it happened S. had interrupted the doctor and the doctor set upon him most decidedly and quite rightly, so that Skedden quite forgot himself and became very rude. He has always made more or less offensive speeches at this meeting, but last night exceeded everything. Everyone was just boiling.
I also received quite a shock yesterday in the shape of an invitation to [sic] Mrs. & Miss McL. to Miss Sanford's wedding in Christ Church on Feb. 10th and afterwards at Wesanford. You will be surprised I fancy to hear that we are thinking of going. But we have dresses and think we may as well see the show. I hope it will be a finer day than to-day, it has been a blizzard all day, but fortunately not very cold, but O, the snow clearing.
The old Doctor was in yesterday telling me about the State dinner at Government
House, said there were 15 courses and at the seventh, he said to Chancellor Burwash, "You are an older man than I am" and I think it would be wise for us to go no further. So they stopped at the seventh course. The gold lace on front of Windsor uniform of the Lieuten: [sic] Gov. cost $750 & it is so heavy, he is nearly worn out with it. If they do not look out the whole performance will finish, the doctor says Mrs.. Clark looks worn out.
Well dearie, I must close, as I have to run down to Heurner [Dr. H. Mullin] for some medicine for Edna, she is not very well and must have something. When H. wrote she seems to be enjoying herself thoroughly, you [?] Mrs. S. just suits H. and she is a very kind hearted woman, I must say.
Did you try to see an Oxford Curriculum. By the way one gathered that there were other conditions besides the exams. One thing, it seems to me it would be wasted time to spend years on classics. Hope you are feeling well, dearie & will escape the Grip. With fondest love.
1 For Rhodes Scholarship, see W5199.
2 For Lieutenant-Governor Sir William Mortimer Clark and Mrs. Daisy Clark, see W4902.