W-MCP3-5.068 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., L.L.B. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 25 1908 Saturday night [approximate date]
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My dearest boy,
It seems such a long time since you went away, that I must write you a few lines. Your were so buy when here and with all the company the time seemed very short. I suppose you have had the same weather as we to-day, so sultry and warm I scarcely know what to do, but a small thunder storm this afternoon cleared the air, it grew very dark and threatened a tremendous storm but fortunately passed over. The heat and rain brought out the daffodils with a rush and the violets are beautiful and grass so green, so sorry you are not here. The gardeners came this morning and planted the grass seed, but had not got the trees yet.
Nellie James went by steamer this morning and Wilson not being very well, took the afternoon train, so we are once more alone, but I am feeling somewhat rested. We treat so many visitors, Mr. Rose from Ottawa Monday, Mr. Vander-Smissen Tuesday, Mr. Murray on Wednesday evening, hardy Marian Robinson from Tuesday to Thursday, that I got somewhat excited. Marian Robinson, I liked particularly one of the nicest girls I have met for a long time.
You will notice Mr. Wardrope is running for member. Have you to vote? I should like very much to see him get in.
Had a nice note from young Little. Before he left, he said, if he got through, he owed it all to you and could never repay you for what you had done for him. I was sorry not to have seen more of him, but he was out all the time Monday till a few minutes before leaving. [I] was mixed up with the days this week and did not get off the Presbyterian till to-day.
Gourlay is much offended at my engaging other men for the garden. Did not like to hear of the fires in the West but hope rain has come. Mrs. Ketchen is taking a little holiday up at London, so Jock Inkster preaches to-morrow (you would be curious like myself to hear him), he took the prayer meeting on Wednesday and spends the intervening time with his young lady at Burlington. The prayer meeting was much disturbed by the bag-pipes &c.of the Highlanders drilling at Central School.
Was most thankful you got safely on the train that morning. Do not like that sort of thing. Take good care of yourself, dearie.
Your loving mother