W-MCP6-1.399 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 29 1910 Monday
To: Thomas B. McQuesten Whitehern. Hamilton, Ontario
From: Gravenhurst, Ontario
I have just had a long talk with the doctor. He says R. is so ill, that it would be useless to go to Arizona. Since Ruby has heard that owing to the heat she could only stay there so few months, she has given up the idea of going, and should like to go to our own mountain. The doctor says just to make her as comfortable as we can, need not sleep outside, and not to put off going too long, as she might grow worse.1
I really do not know how you are to go about looking for a house on the mountain. Telephone Hattie Hope and ask her if the Doolittles' is rented for the winter. Still I do not like it is too near the Incline, I think for summer time and would probably be unnecessarily expensive. Willie Ambrose ought to know the Mountain well, he is in the Spectator Bldg.
If our rooms were differently situated and Edna was different would take her home ][to Whitehern]. We might be obliged to go to East End, but would not like that, fancy you get more of the damp lake air there.
I wonder if there could possibly be any place near Mr. Chisholm's it would be a great point not to be far away.2 Then I want you to telephone Dr. Arnott and ask him, if that person who kept the boarding house and he thought would do to go to Arizona, could go to the Mountain and what are her terms. I would require to see her before doing anything. You could ask him too if he knew any place on the mountain.
As to my watch, Lee must see what it requires, it has not been cleaned for a long time.
Of course, I would come down to see house, if you could find out about any.
With fondest love,
Your 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 Mr. Chisholm helped them to find a cottage on the mountain. It was very near his own house and was a house the he either owned and rented out or he was handling the renting for a client. It was also near the Mountain View Hotel and near the incline railway on the Hamilton Mountain brow.