W4623 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Aug 26 1902
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal Quebec
My dear Cal,
Will begin my letter to-day as I may be busy to-morrow. Received the paper and thought the Tatler most excellent. It is all so good that for your years, it seems to me you think too much, that part about the magazines ought to be read by every one. Sent that paper to Mr. Haddow and mark your name. It is so good, it all is. Aug 27th, yesterday M.[Mary] E.[Edna] Tom & I were invited to spend the afternoon at Mrs. Thomson's Burlington. It was fine warm afternoon so we enjoyed it thoroughly. Mrs. I's [Irving] sister Mrs. Blair is such a sweet woman and her daughter, the younger daughter was not there. She is taking a summer course at Chicago in Moderns. A professor from Paris, having been brought out on purpose in connection with the university, 1000 post graduates at Chicago last year. Mr. Murray, Mrs. F.[Fletcher] & Miss Gillespie also there at Mrs. Thomson's with Mr. & Miss McKenzie. We came home by 8 o'clock car and enjoyed it very much, but the light refreshments of afternoon tea do not suit Tom, so of course, he had to replenish after he came home. This morning we had a note from Ken [Trigge] saying he was home again, and only having to be careful, proposing to come up next Tuesday. Hilda & R[Ruby] are in Toronto this week with Miss Currie, a cousin of hers gave them the use of her house in Rosedale, so they are picnicking & I think it will give H. a little rest. Mrs. Thomson has bought "Amisfield" from the Estate giving $19,500 for it, $2,500 more than they ought to have given, as if they think there had not been some trick on the part of the Bank to bid up the price, the furniture is now to be offered for sale, so that Mrs. T. never[?] buy in what she wants. It is all very trying for her, and I am afraid she is putting far too much of her money in it, but perhaps she has more than I think. To-day it is east wind again, felt a different person yesterday when it was warm. Suppose Mrs. James will be arriving to-morrow. Tom thinks he will use the pass to Toronto to-morrow & come back with the girls on the boat, Friday evening. His one objection is to having to carry a telescope if he comes hack with them. He would not mind a valise. Poor Edna is going through the misery of learning to write, and I of teaching her, it is uphill work.
Well, my news is exhausted, glad to know you were feeling well, remember your hair.
With much love, my dear dear boy.
Your loving mother
Yours with enclosure just received hope you did not leave yourself short. Glad you received a call from a friend, would rather you did than receive the letter, which can come another time & the money came just when needed.