W-MCP6-1.409 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Jul 9 1910 Saturday morning
To: Gravenhurst, Ontario
From: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
Writing in a hurry to catch the mail. It has been fearfully warm, too warm even for Ruby I think,1 and you must simply be cooked.
Hope that tailor sent back your coat soon.
So sorry to trouble, but can get no buttons like enclosed. Just send a few in letter, but Jeanie could get a dozen.
Glad my statement is in my favour, a new thing, 2 perhaps it would be a good idea to reserve a hundred out of Bush and [money?], that added to Sept. Montreal Dividend would go a good way to taxes. When you call let me know what is to my credit at Ham. Prov. Received the last $10 as well as the $25.
With fondest love.
Your loving mother.
1 Mary is staying in the cottage with Ruby as she is being treated by the sanatorium for the "Con" (Consumption, later known as Tuberculosis). For more on Ruby's illness, see W6135 or see her biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then on her picture.
2 This comment on finances suggesting that a bank balance in her favour is a "new thing," helps us to understand the financial condition of the family at this time. Even after Tom's graduation in law and his salary while articling and then his salary of $1000 per year in Chisholm's law office (beginning June 1909, W6458), they are still struggling as they have large expenses for Ruby's care. For an essay on Mary's income and expenses, see E2-2, "Mary's Childhood, Marriage, Widowhood, six children and Lives of Genteel Poverty."