W4843 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Hilda McQuesten.
Mar 16 1903 Monday.
To: Mary Baker McQuesten.
From: Hilda McQuesten, 67 Henry St., Toronto, Ontario.
67 Henry Street Monday
Mar 16 1903
My dearest little Mother
I was so very sorry to think of your worrying so terribly of course we all did but I thought after Wards perhaps I should not have told you so much.
To-day Reggie is getting along splendidly and looked more like himself. Harry says his eyes are brighter and he talked a little. Dr Temple says if he keeps on like this he will be out of the woods by Thursday. I hope you will understand the expression. We all feel so sorry for Mrs. Whittemore the journey home will be such an anxious one.- We have not told Reggie yet that she is coming and won't be able to for a few days till he is stronger. He will feel so badly about spoiling his Mothers trip. Already he is worrying about the cost of his operation but Harry bluffs him and I am afraid tells so many little lies that Reggie's mind is at rest. Harry is the only one allowed to see him.
Yesterday it poured rain in the morning and as we were waiting for the doctors report we did not go to church. See the afternoon Tom came up and stayed for an hour or two. Had tea with Miss Proudfoot and in the evening went to hear Mrs. Cody but the church was packed so we had to come back to the Neils. It was a lovely evening and we enjoyed the walk very much. Syd expects Emily C down to-morrow I think.
Mrs. Whittemore will walk here Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock. Harry is keeping her posted along the way.
This morning [Purce?] and I turned Mrs. W's room and the sitting room out and gave them a good cleaning which they needed. I persuaded Hollin "with much falavering" to dust and shake a lot of rugs. Frank could not be persuaded to and I was not going to allow [Purce?] to do it. She is just a fine girl but far too good natured and kind hearted and the boys [infer?] upon her I think. She is so changed & none could wish for a nicer companion. This is certain but I went down to see spring Milllery and the hats are quite pretty very much the same style as Mary's last summer hat. I saw an untrimmed hat, straw coloured, I may get it and some poppies. What do you say? Ruby's two dollars would more than pay for it and I could trim it myself.1 Or would you rather have cherries, there are some pretty sprays with plenty of green leaves, like the [??]. The suits are made in any old style I saw quite a pretty one. The coat was short in front with two tails slanting something like this the waist-down not tabs but more like [pretellion clip?]. Saw Annie Fletcher in Murray. Well my dearest - good luck hope Mary & you are not thy right to do too much. Give my love to Mrs. Mullin I hope she is better,
The [Onis?] daughter,
1 This comment points to the range of items that was purchased with Ruby's salary from the Ottawa Ladies College. Hilda's mention that she would complete the hat by herself indicates that she is aware of the financial strain placed on the family following the death of her father Isaac.