W-MCP3-5.031 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 23 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: Bayview Farm, Dorset P.O. Ontario
My dearest Tom,
I am thinking you are or have been in St. Mary's or else prostrated with heat, as I
have not yet heard from you. The weather has been so terrible and you in that attic room, poor little fellow, I feel so sorry for you. I hope the cool wave is reaching you. It came to us this morning and we are thankful, for yesterday and day before were very trying, but here our nights are cool and we can sleep with our doors wide open on to the verandah.
David Ross went this morning after a week's visit. He made himself a great favorite, always, pleasant and jolly. I was surprised he had not told you he was coming, but he said, he had expected to see you again. Did not understand your trip would have taken you to B.C. Hope you will get up to Temiskaming as he was suggesting, and get points on timber. The girls had a fine time canoeing with David and even I tried paddling in a very safe place. But as I told him, "I would have been sorrier when he left if he had had no canoe," and I really think it very little comfort to have to balance one's self on a narrow board, with the risk of toppling in.
Had a card from Mrs. Bell from St. Joseph's Hospital, she had been very ill but convalescent. Thought she was in Muskoka, but am not surprised. I had urged her to have medical treatment before going to Muskoka. Hilda was to have gone to Thames Road on the 21st, but the heat was so great and it is such a troublesome journey she gave it up. I am afraid the want of rain will be very hard on the fruit and gardens. Well, this is probably my last letter from Bayview Farm, [?] cottage will be empty this week, only ourselves being here of which I am not altogether sorry, and next Thursday morning we all start for home. Our train is leaving [?] [?] at 4:30. so we will have no time to stop over besides we would be tired. You may not be able to meet us, but we shall hope to see you Saturday. It will be lovely to be home, if the girls had not to begin work again, but I feel quite satisfied, now that the heat has been so great, that we spent the money on this holiday. With much love, dearie and hoping you are quite well.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] I will help you out on your holiday trip. The knowledge would be valuable David says.