W-MCP6-1.412 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Jul 23 1910 Saturday morning [July 23 1910 estimated]
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Whitehern] Hamilton, Ontario.
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
I am afraid I am behind with my letter, but we lead such a hum-drum existence we lose track of the days. Mr. Graham paid us a visit this morning tho' he will not be fit for work for a long [time].
Ruby has been very comfortable the last few days, as her fever kept low and she has enjoyed her meals. The weather has been very pleasant too and we have had good sleeps. Last night it threatened a thunderstorm and again this morning but passed off. Was very thankful as it gave us a quiet night.1
Have had letters from Hattie Hope, Mrs. Proctor & Mrs. Whittum. Have been out twice in the boat and quite enjoyed it. The girls are much pleased with it.
It is too bad about Cal's crop and garden; one cannot help feeling that every thing in the West is so uncertain, a large crop might have met the same fate.2
Poor George Hope and Dorothy Hobson seem to be lingering cases, it must be a great bane on their friends. I can sympathize.
Those sketches of proposed public library did not strike me very favourable. Jack Lyle's looked squat, and his usual poor door-way--it looks like Central Church's one.3
Thank you for all the papers, you are good to remember, it is convenient to have a boy, he does them up well; but the chief difficulty is remembering them, for which I thank you much, Church papers too.
We have no difficulty now in getting vegetables or fruit. Mary picks blueberries, which R. likes very much, but they are very dry and tasteless, owing to want of rain, it is said, when they were forming.
Have not been to the P.O. this morning, so do not know how strike is; hope it will be settled before next week. We got our mail yesterday.
On Sabbath had representatives of the Dominion Alliance in the churches and those cards again. Crossley, of Crossley and Hunter spoke in the evening. I was not out, but Hilda thought him perfectly ridiculous. It seems too bad that men have so little sense 4
Well, dearie, I hope you are getting along as well as is possible without your mother. If the rats trouble you, get some "Common Sense" rat poison, it is said positively to destroy the creature, leaving no odour. Take good care of yourself my dearest son, May God bless and keep you!
Your loving Mother
[P.S.] You forgot to tell me how much is my credit at Ham. Prov.
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.
2 See Calvin's letter of July 13 for his description of the crop damage at his homestead in Saskatchewan, W-MCP6-1.410.
3 John Lyle was a prominent Hamilton architect, see W6053.
4 "The adherence of John H. Harlow was one of the results of a Crossley-Hunter revival in Milton, in about the year 1898, and with him came a number of others whose presence was so beneficial as to almost change the status of the church.... In "The Christian," June, 1898, E. C. Ford relates the joy he had in hearing Donald Crawford preach twice. (Crawford was then aged and ill but giving to the last.).... In December, 1896, it is apparent that the nationally-known evangelists, Crossley and Hunter, had visited the community. Contrary to some others Ford declared that such events helped his ministry; for whilst a deep interest was stirred up he could be on hand to give scriptural directions to enquirers. This view the writer agrees was both courageous and wise, and somewhat unknown in those days. In September, 1896, E. C. Ford retired and the membership was then about one hundred."
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