W-MCP3-5.074 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from Miss Isabel Elliot
Apr 10 1907
To: Thomas B. McQuesten 22 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, Ontario
From: [Toronto, Ontario] [Postmark]
It is impossible to get away from some people Tim dear, so please don't try. You can't come to me, so I must go to you--[as/or some lady hence!?]
This picture isn't so bad, but I am sorry the dog is so hidden.1
I sent those of Elsie up to her. They are not at all good. I sent them up to her this morning as she was anxious to see them. The fair lady is having a lovely time in H. Every one is always so good about entertaining there. It's the gay little place to visit.
I shall not call you up this evening, for fear of offending the good dames at 22. There are limits?
I think I was right about Dr. Drummond don't you?
If you laugh at this excuse, I shall get even some day. So look sober & be serious, & say it is exactly what you expected!
Yours [sighing like a generally Tuesday Aft?].
I. E. [Isabel Elliott]2
[Enclosure] Photo of girl seated on steps and holding a dog [likely Miss Elliott].
1 The picture is of a young woman in a striped blouse sitting on the steps holding a dog. The writing on reverse of picture is almost illegible, possibly beginning with the words, "Love me." Microfilm Calendar Index notes: "Love me Love my dog."
Another picture of Isabel Elliot (a similar likeness) appears in the yearbook of University of Toronto. She was in the Class of '05 and the yearbook states: "A countenance in which did meet,/Sweet records, promises so sweet."
"Although born in Brampton, Isabel Elliot graduated from the Parkdale Collegiate and entered the English and History Courses of '05. One of the sweetest and most charming of the many charming girls in the year, her unfailing sumpathy and evenness of disposition have made her deservedly popular, as may be seen from the fact that she has held office in the Class Executive, the Woman's Lit., and the Woman's Athletic Association. Isabel will have the best wishes of all her fellow students in whatever career she may elect to follow."
2 Miss Isabel Elliot is the young woman to whom Tom was rumoured to have been engaged, but his mother did not approve and they did not marry. For more details on Miss Elliot and the relationship, see W6012, W5868. This is one of a series of four letters in Miss Elliott's handwriting which she attempted to disguise as "in a man's hand," W-MCP3-5.077, W-MCP3-5.075, W-MCP3-5.076, W-MCP3-5.074, and images IMG232, IMG235.