W-MCP3-5.049 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 28 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten Quyon, P. Q.
My dearest boy,
I am writing to wish you many happy returns of your Birthday. I have been missing you badly and wish you could be here for that interesting day, but am very thankful we were able to keep you as long as we did, but the time seemed just empty without you. But we have much reason to thank God for the fine health and strength which you enjoy, and for all the way in which He has led you, and I trust my darling son, that you will feel constrained to use these gifts from God, to bring honour to His name by devoted service to Him. Since God gave up His beloved Son to save men, His dearest wish must be their Salvation and so in no way can we really please Him, except in the living to save men too.
To-day Edna received a photo of "Many Bears," "the only hen-pecked Indian on record, a hewer of wood & a drawer of water." Cal says it is his first attempt [?] did it all himself taking, developing, printing. And it was very good too.
At the present time I suppose you are travelling [sic] along towards Ottawa (if you have not missed the train). I hope you were able to get some lunch on the road. As the ticket has not reached us, you evidently forgot to post it on your arrival as I directed. It is very chilly here to-day so it would be comfortable travelling. But the East wind does not suit me at all. Had a visit last evening from the two worthies. Uncle Aleck goes off with Charlie on the 6th by the Celtic.
Well, dearie, must say goodbye, Edna desires to send her good wishes with mine, as she has not a minute to write. May God keep and bless you my dear son and spare you for many years to be my comfort & help as you have always been in the past!
Your loving mother