W5583 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Hilda McQuesten
Aug 4 1906
To: Mary Baker McQuesten Hamilton
From: Box 110 Walkerton Ontario
My darling Mother,
Have just received Ruby's letter so will answer it right away while the mood is on.
I arrived here Wednesday afternoon shortly after two and found Bessy, Uncle Bob and Enda with the carriage to meet me.
Bessy's house is very well, quite large with verandale [rail on] two sides, upper veranda as well. Everything is most convenient- I have a nice little bureau to myself and am most comfortable doing absolutely nothing. The baby is so good never wakes till after seven and goes to bed early.
The night before leaving Tom came up and we went for a short drive as we were in the back seat Tom had to shove his feet through the front seat and rest there that way, he is so long, all the time wabbling about as though he had no spine, he's a funny kid. It does seem such a long time since leaving home, I'm sure we will all be glad to be back if only poor little Ruby had not to go away so soon.
Had quite an immense epistle from Charly who seems to be having such a good time. When I left Eglinton Mrs. Gartshore was able to be up though very weak and extremely [??] if he was my father, I should be extremely anxious about him.
Poor little Sydney cried when I came away, he does so want to come Hamilton if all goes well Tom is going to bring him up up some Saturday to stay over Sunday. I was sorry to leave the G's I had had such a pleasant visit, but [wore & is Lois??] were expected and three weeks was a long visit.
Last Thursday night we had a lovely paddle up the Saugeen River, these moonlight nights are most fascinating I can steer a canoe does so feel quite capable.
This morning we were all over to Ellen Richardsons for dinner and when I came back found a lovely pair of buttoned patent red shoes from Ruby and Uncle Bob waiting for me. Am I not lucky? Bessy was most anxious to pay for my ticket up here but I simply would not hear of it as though a four week visit wasn't enough.
Probably by now you have received my last letter in which I mentioned receiving your [sleeve or rather wiry??].
It has been piping hot these last few days although the night have been fairly cool, and I sleep well so must not complain. It's fine for the crops though I'm afraid you are a lazy time up there you must not get too fat little Mitherkins? Do not promise to go to too many places or your [??] will be useless.
Tell Ruby she is very good to write and this really should be written to her, but then you are spoiled I'm afraid!
Mrs Gilbert sends her love and says she is trying to keep even under
With heaps of love
Your loving daughter