W-MCP3-5.026 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 12 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset P.O.
My dearest boy,
Here we are in one of the nicest spots you can imagine. It is the most beautiful spot of the Lake-of-Bays. [balance of page very faint and illegible]. The table is clean and nicely laid and the food good, cream and milk in pitcher. [?] you would quite enjoy it and if you could take a couple of weeks previous to August 30th it would only cost [?] on board in a [?]. The farm owners need only mix with the guests at meals. Our verandah is almost to ourselves. Altogether it is charming, good bathing. It is so nice to be away from that house, no noise in the morning. We reached the last one at [?] and were very tired for there is no tea [?] on the steamer; so it would be better for people to take lunch or the dinner. But it is a beautiful sail. I am sure you would enjoy it. We are a mile by water from Dorset eight by land. Must be fearfully warm in the city to-day. I do feel so sorry to think of you there. If you cannot come up here perhaps you will come in September, for you must have some good fresh air before term begins. There are two young men, one a nice young chap, Pillow by name, from Toronto, and a young couple have just come; and Eleanor Ross has written about coming. We saw Anna Laidlaw at Fox Point and she is looking extremely well. I am writing on the verandah [balance of page illegible]. There is a tiny stream gurgles down between us and the house over which is a little bridge.
I sent you two ties, I found a great many white ones, showing so very light ones, but I thought you would prefer the coloured, after I got the all over blue was wishing I had not, but really there was very little choice. Well, dearie, must close, with fondest love.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Have just heard from Mary. She had caught five fish, if not very lot, the first caught there.