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W-MCP3-5.065 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., L.L.B. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Feb 14 1908
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

My dearest boy,

This is a very dark rainy day and after some days of activity am not in a very lively frame. Saw Bobby Robertson on the Club matter and he advised me to see Mr. Baker first, as Chairman of the House Com. Your letter had been before the committee and he remembered that Mason had reported that verandah was not in good condition when we left it. He evidently thought the rental was sufficient to cover everything but would speak to Mason. The committee had understood that every thing was perfectly satisfactory as far as we were concerned. However, he would do what he could when matter came up. Mr. Baker has been out of town, so I have written him to arrange when I can meet him and will do nothing till I have had a talk with him. Ross said it would cost $32.00 to paint verandah two coats up to roof and I have asked Donaldson (Patterson is taking trip to Bermuda for his health) to give me estimate of the gate. Yesterday I received Watkins bill for everything, amounts to $182, for which I feel I have received very good value, that includes baize door and furniture covering. The portion for carpets and matting is $117 of which my Montreal dividend will cover $105. I can manage the large accounts very well later but this month I paid Hill (only $14 including the Radial charge) Dr. Caven and got a ton of coal, so I am rather short, the taxes also were this month, $68. But I am not asking you for any, as I can probably get a little advance from Mr. Chisholm.

We have now got the crystal chandelier up and are using the club's in the dining-room while it is away getting renewed. Owing to previous orders, Watkins has not yet done our hall floor but will, the beginning of the week, so that by the time you come next hope we shall be in perfect order. Though I am very slow about getting my room into shape the other rooms look so pretty, [I] spend my time looking at them.

Mrs. Leitch came to see us yesterday. Harry is home again, the Company had laid off some of their men, she says so many young men all out of employment through no fault of their own. It is certainly a very serious situation and we are not nearly over it.

One of the men who helped us move last year is here scrubbing the kitchen, have given him all the odd jobs I could think of. By-the-way that very heavy snow storm was not out of the ordinary here, so it did not cost me much, but as you say, I just look upon it as a charity. Well, I must close, Edna is waiting to post this. Heard from Mrs. Mullin enjoying herself with her friends in Montreal. The papers gave Burgess great encomiums, am waiting to hear your opinion. In his address to the Students, he had a magnificent subject, hope he is sincere and knows whereof he speaks. With fondest love, my dearest boy.

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten




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