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W-MCP3-5.080 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Dec 10 1908 Friday evening [approximate date]
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

My dearest Tom,

Was sorry not to get a sight of you to-day but could not manage to get you by telephone though I telephoned the office twice, once just before starting for train, as I thought of going in on my way to station but you were out, and Mr. MacKay drove me down.

My tooth began troubling me again and yesterday I got uneasy and came down by the noon train, after all had to use your $2.00 bill. I was so disappointed I cried. Dr. Capon felt very badly too and scarcely knew what course to take as he hates to pull off the crown, so he put iodine on and this morning it looked a great deal better and he gave it another severe treatment of iodine and I am to wait and see how it gets on. Eventually may have to have the tooth out, which is very trying after all this trouble.

I did not telephone either you or Cal. last night, for I knew Cal. was busy and thought probably you were too and I would not bother you. I myself was tired and sleepy. Mr. MacKay had been very poorly for a week and I did not want to disturb him in any way. I was just ashamed to have to go back again so soon, though Maggie says he does not remember at all.

As to the money for Ruby if you are so short you need not send it at all, as she will probably get money from C.P.R. before Christmas and we can send it in January. I have none to spare now and am not sending any. But just thought you might be thinking of sending something for Xmas and it would be better to send money. But as I say, do not send her any if it is not convenient, but write her a Xmas letter and post it on Saturday or Sunday night or it will not reach her1.

Would you like me to get you a "Pears" Annual, it is only 25 cts. and the pictures are lovely, better than the Globe. Well dearie, I must close. With much love.

Your mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] Excuse me but I hope you will be in good time for church next Sabbath. I sent Cal. a letter from Ruby and told him to pass it on to you. Next Sabbath is our Communion, wasn't last Sabbath yours? I hope not, for you went to London last time, and when you have no studying you ought to go to preparatory service, it is so easy to get utterly careless.

1 In December, 1908 Ruby was convalescing in Calgary. She was later diagnosed with tuberculosis, see W6135.

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