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W-MCP6-1.396 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 16 1910 Saturday Night, [date estimated]
To: Thomas B. McQuesten Whitehern. Hamilton, Ontario
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Dearest Tom,

Received your letter to-day with enclosure. Last night past, as we were all settled for the night, a thunder storm with torrents of rain came on which lasted nearly till dawn. Fortunately Ruby's verandah held good, just a drop or two coming through; but one cannot sleep when it rains. However R. and I both had nice sleep this afternoon, she is better today than any day this week and quite relished her meals.--1

Mary is thoroughly enjoying herself, she says, it is a great delight to her to have that boat; I have not mustered courage enough to go out, but Edna goes sometimes and others.

We are getting blueberries now, raspberries too. R likes the blueberries specially.

On Sabbath Evening Arthur Barnard preached for Mr McKeracher, he is spending his honey-moon at Gull Lake. Has a charge at Burk's Falls which is so hilly and rocky that he was scarcely out all winter. His bride is a girl he met at Mrs. McKean's where he boarded.

The other night we were all nearly desperate with a frightful odour of a dead creature, we could scarcely sleep all night. So Edna determined next morning to lose no time in finding it and located a dead cat just by woodhouse door; then she offered a boy a quarter to come and bury it. A great relief!

Edna and I were down to the post before tea and met Mrs McKeracher, Jack Lyle had been here today about the Church.2

Thanks for the Presbyterian. Am glad your friends are taking you out. It helps to pass the time. Mrs. James wrote me that Janie went down to Shanghai expecting to leave for home, but as no friends had come in, she couldn't come, so she is to go to Dr. and Mrs. Barrie and will superintend their hospital till September. Isn't it a shame? I had a letter from Janie; that she was not well and it was doubtful if she would return to China. If I were her mother, I would write the C.I. [China India?] Mission a very sharp letter. Fortunately Dr. and Mrs. Barrie are in the mountains and Janie stayed there before.3

Well, I must close dearie, no letter from Cal this week.

With fondest love,

Your loving mother,

M.B. McQuesten

1 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.

2 John (Jack) Lyle was a prominent Ontario architect, see W6053.

3 For more about Janie James, see W4436.

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