W-MCP3-5.017 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jan 12 1904 Tuesday [approximate date]
To: Thomas McQuesten [Toronto, Ontario]
My dearest boy,
I tried to write before but was too busy to say how much I sympathized about your name appearing in the paper. It was too annoying for anything. The newspapers are a positive nuisance.
In your letter you said "I will not do any work." Cannot quite understand. I know your time is filled to overflowing, but I tell what you had better do, get the books at once that you have to prepare for the Rhodes S. [Scholarship] and see what they are like. It may be that they are not really as difficult, as what you did for previous exams. This would relieve your mind a little, then perhaps when you are tired with your subjects that you are at now, you might find it somewhat of a diversion to do something in these classics. And just try and carefully use your time. Work for the Varsity is not much mental effort and you could do that when too tired to study or just after eating, letter writing, for instance.
Above all things, my dear boy, very earnestly seek God's guidance and help for without it we are very poor creatures. May He bless and keep you. With much love.
[P.S.] Ruby sent home the little Latin Dictionary & E. does not use it at all. Shall I send it to you?