W-MCP6-1.406 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 11 1910 Saturday morn. Estimated date, [Date has been added at top of page]
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Whitehern.] Hamilton, Ontario
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
I think I'll direct my letters to the office in future for the postman reaches the house too late for you in the morning. My letter reached there probably yesterday morning, but on Tuesday I had posted a card asking you to send me five dollars, which would do till end of month; you cannot have got that, so please just send it by return post as I am quite out, then let the balance due me be deposited in Ham. Prov. to my credit after the discount on the note has been deducted. You will see the Ham. Prov. Book on the China bracket, I think if not in top right hand little drawer where is my list of mortgages, which I would like to have also. I have a book of Ham. Prov. cheques here.---1
The peaches are still coming fresh, having survived all the others. Punch amused Ruby very much, some very funny things in it. We have quite a lot of wild strawberries brought us, have some lovely jam for you. Do not bring a lot of strawberries with you, we get some here, as yet few good ones, but by next week probably they will be better, would like some vegetables as they are what R. should eat, the doctor says, and no fresh carrots or beets here. I do not know if in this weather you could venture on a chicken. You might consult Reding. R's stomach keeps very well, but she is always so afraid of upsetting it and Dr. A. says to avoid overfeeding, it increases fever. She is so variable and she gets discouraged. One day seems so well and sleeps well, the next fever is up; and I cannot be sure whether it is the food or not, sometimes. I think it is when she has meat, such as roast beef and steak. Today we have a chicken for her, but am afraid it is tough.2
I was so glad to hear Aleck Logie perking up again. Edna gave her lovely little house to the young Colquhouns, in a moment of compassion, when they seemed to have nothing. Poor Mrs. Logie! It is wonderful what mothers have to live through. I was very sorry to hear of the death of the wife of Libby Hains's brother. They all liked her, and her husband had gone to the West to take a house there, as his throat was hurting him.
I have the Globe. You can take the subscription for Westminster, and the five dollars from my balance.
I want you to get some Rennet tablets at Osbourne's, get us a couple of boxes. Bring the Presbyterian with you too.
Hope Mr C. will be back, so you can get off better, was rather afraid when Aleck Logie was so ill, and Mr. C. away, that you could not leave.
Quite chilly last night, but very warm today. This seems to be all at present.
With much love from all.
Your loving mother.
P.S. Do you think you could get us some darning cotton, want both white and black, do not want silkoline3 or what is on cards, but a soft kind on spools. You get it at Mills, if you like, give Mattie D. 25 cts. and tell her to get it.
The roses came this evening and quite a lot have survived. The roses over by forsythia bush, and the [?] roses, the cabbage and that tight rose, and the half open white and buds. If they could be picked only in the morning and stiffened in the cellar, then packed not too many together with oil paper in a good box. But Ruby thinks you have sent plenty now. She is much better today than yesterday, and fever lower.
Quite sufficient roses have survived to make a beautiful bowlful. H. put them in boiling water.
1 Mary (Mother) and Hilda are at the cottage at Gravenhurst looking after Ruby while she is ill. Mary continues to look after the finances while she is away, and gives Tom instructions.
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.
3 Silkoline is a soft light cotton fabric with a smooth lustrous finish like that of silk.