W-MCP3-5.029 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 11 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
Thank you for all your kind wishes for my birth-day. I really had a most successful celebration, my presents were numerous and valuable. You will see them when you come home next week. I had no idea Thanksgiving was so soon, thought it was the last Thursday of the month. It would surely be a benevolent act to bring up the orphan and you can do so though Edna says there are plenty of orphans in Hamilton, but at present she is a regular imp with a great deal of the old boy in her.
It was a wet day in Galt but warm, so I did not suffer at all. Yesterday I spoke for the St. Andrews Church Aux; and I am now just home from Waterdown. It was a pretty cold day and there was a flurry of snow, but at the Falls a lady from there told me it was knee deep. Mrs. Dr. Gordon (Lady Taylor's daughter) met me at the station at Waterdown, which is two miles back. We had quite a good meeting. Mrs. Vallance and Mrs. Fenwick drove out to sing, but I thought it too cold to drive. I left W. at 6:45 and was home at 7:15.
It is really too bad that Thanksgiving is so early, there will be no poultry but chickens. Not even ducks seem to be grown, much less turkeys. You will let me know what time to expect you. Will you come by train or boat. Turbinia leaves at 5:30 remember. We want to know you see, whether to have a tea for you at 6:15 when train arrives or supper later. When I send you the Presbyterian you can always keep it over the Sunday before sending it to Cal. With much love, dearie.
Your loving mother