W-MCP6-1.386 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 10 1910 [date estimated] Wednesday morning 1
To: Thomas B. McQuesten Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
From: [Gravenhurst, Ontario]
Sorry I forgot to give you the cloth for them to make up and tell Mrs. Ainsworth to my credit. R's [Ruby's] temperature going down Yesterday forenoon to that [sic] it been 102 and 103 for four or five days. Yesterday showed her the [famous?] letter about Arizona and in the evening she said she felt like passing up Arizona and going to our own Mountain. I have written that woman at Tucson to tell me what the winter is like. She only discoursed on the summer, and also written Willie Ambrose asking that he write me. 2
The weather here warm and close yesterday and raining all evening. R. received a basket from Marian Robinson, with cauliflower, pears, peaches, melons grapes and candy. Am really sorry she spent her money, the pears and grapes were good, but the peaches are really awful things and the cauliflower too stale. I am coming to think that all those stale vegetables and fruits are really bad for people. I had got some peaches at the station before hers came, so we had to take some ourselves. I never knew before how unusually sour they were. You always want to take the peaches that have ripened on the tree, pears are different.
Just writing on my knee before breakfast. We had a letter form Mrs. Joe [Thomson] posted at Quebec, her Aunt does not live in Arizona now, but in California, but she wrote her cousin who is still in Arizona and asked her to reply to Lady Taylor.
Take care of yourself dearie.
Your loving Mother
1 We have dated this letter on the basis of the mention of having written a letter to the "woman from Tucson," whose letter in reply to Mary's inquiry is dated August 22, 1910 (W-MCP6-1.415). It is from Jessie Stafford in Arizona, and describes the climate.
2 For more information on Ruby's illness, Consumption (tuberculosis), see W6135, and for Ruby's biographical sketch, click on "Family" on the Home Page, and then on her picture. This letter also discusses the possibility of sending Ruby to Arizona and Ruby would prefer to go to the Hamilton Mountain.