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W4331 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN from his father Isaac McQuesten
Dec 15 1887
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Mrs. MacKay's] Toronto, Ontario
From: Whitehern Hamilton, Ontario

My dearest Tom

A young lady about [2ft 22in.?] complained, most bitterly and as she repeated and re-repeatd the small fact nearly wept with emotion that Tom was a naughty boy to go out and leave his poor little sister. She has also requested that you be "spanked" when you come home. Now Thomas this is a most heartless piece of assertion and as your brother & elder sisters have joined you in "going out" and after having tea at home your sister Ruby has obtained ten cents to buy another tea in the school-house under pretext of wishing to "treat" a lady friend to tea--and I have now to go forth to drive to their home, it being half past nine; I could not comfortably go to sleep till I had made known to you your pitiless conduct to your poor little sister. I trust you are treating your ["?"] better. Will you present her & Mrs. MacKay--another man's [wife]--with love & a kiss on my behalf. This you must not do however to any young lady since those who have ["wives"] are not permitted to take such liberties. Also convey to your esteemed host, my valued friend my kindest regards.

The members of our common family are all well. The house is becomingly placid deprived of your trilling [?] etc. [?] good night; old boy.

Your loving dad.

I.B. McQ.1


1 This letter is very puzzling. It is likely that Mary and the children, or some of the children, are at Mrs. MacKay's in Toronto.
Thomas would be about five years of age at this time. It is not know if the "little sister" referred to is Edna, who would be only two years of age at this time, or Ruby, who was three years older than Tom. Was Isaac 'under the influence' at the time of writing? See W2511




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