W-MCP3-5.070 TO THOMAS MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 8 1933
In care of (c/o)
To: Thomas McQuesten Mr. Frank Broom Kearney Ontario
Just a few lines to urge you to stay away as long as possible. The heat keeps on nearly 90, but the house keeps cool and I am very well and comfortable. We had a phone from Mrs. Ketchen, Joe Thomson had phoned Dr. K. that Laura had died and would be buried at Burlington to-morrow (Sat. Morning)1. Such a mercy! Hilda is motoring Cal & Mary and Mrs. Fletcher down. Archie was on hand Thursday morning, he does not like the Americans. [I] Found account of young Ferguson's wedding in the Globe. The bright boy had won scholarships for Research work at Washington-Graduate of Toronto Univer., and wife also, but they sail on Sept.16th for Cambridge. We are bringing Miss Buchanan and Elsie with Mrs. Fletcher for a cup of tea and [to] see the garden as she wished to do, this afternoon2. On Wed. night had a thunder storm and splendid rain for hours. Bold St. houses look splendid, passed them last evening all lighted up. The top room of West house a brilliant red lamp looked most attractive. So just stay as long as you can, for I am very well and bearing up as well as could be expected in your absence3. With fondest love.
1 For Laura Hostetter and Thomson family, see W4415. For Mrs. Ketchen, see W5359.
2 For Buchanan family, see W4367. For Fletcher family, see W4479.
3 The Hamilton Spectator, June 30, 1934 notes Tom's devotion to his mother on the occasion of Tom's appointment to Cabinet, less than four months before her death. He had stated that his mother was his "best chum":
Mr. McQuesten has a 'chum.' Sometimes long miles from home and fighting his earliest battles of life he could only be with her in his thoughts. . . . A venerable lady who sits in the beautiful garden at the rear of the historic old McQuesten mansion . . . followed the campaign battles of her son with intense interest. . . . Happiest Moments Spent With Mother. . . . He found time an hour a day to take his mother for a motor ride. Time also to spend an hour or so sitting with her reading to her and answering the questions of a still keen mind about public affairs. . . . Today Mrs. McQuesten is sharing her son's honour and he is enjoying the success in life that attends respect of parenthood.