W-MCP6-1.407 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary B. McQuesten
Jun 15 1910
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Whitehern] Hamilton, Ontario
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest boy,
This has been a very hot day, but I walked to the town this morning, and have a headache as a result.
I am thankful to say that Ruby seems to have taken a turn for the better and today took a lamb chop, rice, peas and a light pudding for lunch, she slept much better last night and if we can only keep or rather if her stomach would keep in order, she might gain [weight], her fever too I think must be down today, for she looks very differently.1
The netting on the verandah is a great comfort, for we cannot sit on the docks with any comfort from mosquitoes. The Minnewaska has got into an ill odour, great complaints about the food &c. Poor Mrs. Thomson was taken home last week, her case being hopeless and Lady Whitney gave Mrs. Fournier quite a setting out. Mrs. T was really neglected: she is only thirty and grieves at leaving her children [rest?] on her parents; the husband a good for nothing.
I have just been writing Mrs. [Snell?] [?] ad for her and poor Milly. Mrs.
Mrs. Fournier was away visiting sanatoriums, and declares the most successful one did not stuff the patients. Mr. R.E. and Mrs. Kingsford brought their son of eighteen up here last week.
You are far quieter in the morning than we are, the crows are frightful at 4 a.m. and then all manner of living things begin, but we go to bed early and the nights are cool. Edna was pretty tired when we got here first, but is picking up.
Have written Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Mullin. Well dearie, I hope you are pretty comfortable.
In Cal's last letter he regrets that as Henry Martin is at Zealandia, he will get the weddings.
I have ordered the Globe.
Well, I must close, glad to receive your letter today. I mentioned to Mr [Rand?] your intention to go to the funeral. With much love dearie.
Your loving mother,
P.S. Mary hopes you saw the orange in her room. Could you get a little saccharine in a letter. A small quantity goes a long way, and it does not ferment in the stomach.
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.