W-MCP6-1.413 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Jul 23 1900
To: [Whitehern] Hamilton, Ontario.
From: Box 166, Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest Tom,
Was very glad to hear you were getting your holidays so soon and hope that by that time the strike will be satisfactorily settled. I hear people and supplies were coming here by way of C.P.R. and C.N.R. and boats down here from Bala; but I know that would be a distressing route for you after past experience. I am urging Hilda and Edna to take the Sagano on Monday and go up to Port Carling boat races, it leaves at 12:30 and returns here at 7:30; they seem quite taken with the idea; so that will make me need another five, if you will please ask Miss Archibald for it and enclose. I have enough for their tickets. I will ask Miss Gansby to bring you the rent to bring up with you.
Ruby is comfortable these days1--note what you say about Dr. Lyle, but am sure he was driven to exasperation. I can quite imagine how they would go on, and his letter explains his position. His great mistake is in ever having anything to do with business. I thought your father's experience of the school-board was, an ignorant crowd, and always [more?] pulling.
Had a letter from Miss Fisher, she and Mrs. Wood sail from Montreal August 13th for England, have rented their rooms. I heard from Mrs. Ketchen, her father very ill, had sent for Dr. Caven, not knowing what was the matter. The hollyhocks would be fine.
With fondest love
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.