W-MCP6-1.390 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 27 1911
To: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
From: The Manse, Bracebridge, Ontario 1
Have just received the enclosed, which I return. Yesterday was a beautiful day with us and we went for a delightful drive. I want you to keep your [eyes?] open on the fruit and when the plums are ready and later peaches you can telephone Mrs. John Martin. You can consult her as to best time, she is such a reliable woman.
I think perhaps there would be enough of our own plums. Alice could watch them and do as they come ready. I will write her how, and then a basket of yellow or green plums ask Mrs. M. which is the best for preserving and send up a basket when she gets them. If you can eat what are on the tree we will not cook any of them and you can order from Mrs. Martin. Of course if you choose to carry fruit from market when you see it, you can.
With much love dearie,
Your loving mother
1 The date on this letter was incorectly read as 1911; however, in August of 1911 Mary was at the Manse in Bracebridge helping Calvin furnish and set up his Manse.
In August of 1910, Mary was thoroughly preoccupied with Ruby's failing health and her care in Gravenhurst.