W-MCP3-5.064 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 24 1904
To: Thomas McQuesten 41 Isabella St., Toronto, Ontario
My dearest boy,
Poor little fellow! I am sure you are just having a very hard worrying time and we were all so sorry not to have you with us to-day. It did me good to see that McGill professors had expressed their opinion on Toronto Faculty. The more one thinks of it, the more one boils with indignation and it does not seem right that the matter should be allowed to rest. I wish you would go to the Registry of Births, I think they are kept at Parliament Building or you could find out where and see what Paterson's age really is1. I suppose you saw what was said in Saturday's News page 14. They seem to have considered nothing but his Classical knowledge and his athletics, and left out the question of the 5/10 left for general qualities. It seems extraordinary that no one should have taken a stand for the undergrads. That nuisance booby Loudon, and what was the Chancellor thinking about, what was he doing, the fact is they are a lot of figure heads and either have no interest in Varsity or have no breadth of vision. The world is in misery from injustice and selfishness.
Ruby had just sent me some money and I was going to apply it to a bill, but it can wait and I will send it on to you to-morrow. Now do try and find out Paterson's correct age, for my satisfaction. You have had so much to bear this year, I wish I could send you off on a good trip. Herbie Bell, in order to save him from complete breakdown is to take a sea-voyage. With great difficultly his mother has gathered the money, he leaves by the North Lloyd line for the first week of June, a slow freight boat & will go to Heidelberg to that musical friend whom he knew in Toronto. His mother feels so badly, that she cannot afford to bring him home before he goes. Mr. B. and F. making her life miserable on account of this expedition on H. Good bye dearie.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] Cannot get P.O. order today, the 24th. Please telephone to Dr. Capon & ask if they have any brushes. Have not got a boat ticket because am waiting for Turbinia, but think with our limited finances you had better come up on the boat. We hope the Turbinia will be here before Convocation.
1 Paterson won the Rhodes Scholarship, for which Tom had also been considered, see W5199.