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W-MCP6-1.411 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Jul 14 1910
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Whitehern] Hamilton, Ontario
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario

My darling Tom,

It seems some time since I wrote you, but there was nothing special to tell. Ruby had one of her sick turns, and was compelled to take calomel, which upsets her dreadfully, but is now better again, and taking her meals.1

I did not know if the balance to my credit at the office is deposited. If not, just keep it at office, and I would like you to ask Miss Archibald for five dollars, and send me when next you write. You will wonder how I can spend so much, but all my bills are paid here, and I only spend on necessaries. Have plenty to last till next week.

Mary is perfectly happy with that boat, but she cannot get her padels [sic] right some way. Thanks for buttons. Weather very comfortable now. Edna very well too.

Please telephone Mrs Bell and say I will write her soon. I should like to have seen you "lifting the collection."

Well dearie. Take good care of yourself and pray much for us all.

Your loving mother,

M. B. McQuesten.

P.S. Please remember Presbyterians. Have not seen June 3 yet.


1 Calomel is chloride of mercury used as a purgative. See W0410 for a note on calomel, and also see W2469, W6374 for notes on 19th C medications such as Calomel (mercury based), Chlorodyne and Paragoric (Opium).

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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