W4348 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Mary
Aug 26 1889
To: Mary Baker McQuesten [c/o Mrs. MacKay Toronto, Ontario]
From: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
We are all getting along splendidly, Stay as long as you like and don't be anxious about us. Mary Mewburn is entirely out of danger and will be well very soon.
I want to speak particularly to you about school. Do you think I can take Greek as they start it in the Senior Department. By which I've seen I think I am to go into the Senior. I am fit for everything but French. I will have to go into the Junior for it. Department number two. I will be able to study ancient History. Do you know what electic Physical Geography is. German is five dollars extra. That would bring my fee to twenty dollars. Do you think I will take Elocution, I don't think I need to, as there is plenty of time.1
We are all bright and happy at home. We had the loveliest dinner today I told Kate to make a hash and flavour it with tomato catsup, instead of putting catsup she put butter and it was the most delicious dish I ever tasted.
Miss Addison said that she would see that the thing you spoke of in connection with the Young Women's Christian Association [YWCA] was seen to and settled.
Your loving daughter
Mary B. McQuesten
1 This letter provides an idea of the cost of education just one year after the family became impoverished in 1888. It is possible that each course would cost $5.00, so that four courses would cost $20.00. This gives us some idea of the school fees and the cost of education in 1889.
Mary was born in May of 1874, so she is fifteen years of age in 1889, the date of this letter. She is likely about to enter Senior High School at this point.