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W-MCP6-1.403 TO MARY B. MCQUESTEN from her mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 13 1910
To: Mary Baldwin McQuesten Whitehern. Hamilton, Ontario
From: Gravenhurst., Ontario

My dearest Tomity,

We were very glad to have Hilda back again, we were so afraid she was not coming as she did not reach us till after six. She certainly seems to have used her time well.1

I do hope you will be able to manage to get the cottage. Am so afraid of losing it; as the people do not seem to be saying any thing about leaving it, they ought to have at least a month's notice. Wish Mr. C. [Chisholm] could do something to reach the other owners. As we are turning them out, we would need to be prepared to take a lease of it, I should think, then we could sublet if we did not need it.2

Ruby is keeping pretty comfortable, fever still low. Poor Mr. Howell's food is all [being] injected now.

I have been writing an immense number of letters, so tired of thinking about them, made a desperate effort. Hilda says it is much pleasanter up here than the city, but I am terribly tired of it, tho' I know it is the easiest place to take care of Ruby.3

With fondest love dearie,

Your loving mother,

M.B. McQuesten


1 Hilda had gone back to Whitehern in order to do the preserving of fruit for winter. See W-MCP6-1.400


2 This is likely the cottage next to the Mountain View Hotel that was mentioned in the letter of Sept. 5, 1910, W-MCP6-1.400.


3 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.




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