W5363 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 25 1905
To: Calvin McQuesten Staney Brae Muskoka
My dearest Calvin,
There is really nothing to relate, Hilda is enjoying the quiet at Eglinton, and as they have servants--a thorough rest. That great heat only lasted a very short time and since that quite cool enough. I should think too cool in Muskoka. I do not seem to have energy for anything, so I am just lying about. It is strange the summer has such a depressing effect upon me, whether it is warm or cold; but it has always been so. Ruby is expecting Helen Robinson for a day this week and then she goes on to Beaverton. We are threatened with a scourge of caterpillars, our large maples are covered with cocoons as far as the eye can reach. We heard from Mrs. Bell that you were looking extremely well, which was cheering. Tom's master remarked he was looking thin and wanted him to get out of his small room and go up to the Fraternity--saying he thought "the firm could stand it." Tom has not gone, but thought it very kind of Mr. Henderson. Maggie writes that Mr. Mackay would like to see me but I dislike so much going down and am putting it off. I am glad you are enjoying canoeing &c; sometimes I almost envy those who can enjoy these things it is so healing and good and natural pleasures like that are so invigorating; whilst I feel sometimes as if I should soon be useless. It is such a comfort to have cool nights for sleeping, have been using a comforter besides blankets, so I ought to feel well. Sorry to write such an uninteresting scram but have no news. With fondest love.
Your loving mother