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[Written at top of letter] Tell Tom to get himself raw eggs too.

W5812 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 7 1907 Saturday Night
To: Calvin McQuesten [Toronto]
From: 'Whitehern'

My dear Cal,

I never found time to write you this week. I related every thing in Tom's letter up to Thursday. The plumbers found the hot water pipe from kitchen boiler leaking badly it was right against the outer wall, then there were leaks in bath, but they got it all finished, up to-day and just mended up the old bath, but before I spent much on dining room ceiling, I should certainly have to put in a new bath, but we will hope it will last till the autumn.

We visited the Oakville house on Friday and found the upstairs rooms very comfortable with excellent furniture, fine comfortable beds and we shall have plenty of room. When we get settled can be very comfortable, if we are not frozen with the Lake breezes. Hilda is alarmed for fear she becomes of enormous bulk from the increased appetite.

Mrs. Thomson has rented the coach house to Mr. Wm. Vallance but he said there would be plenty of room for my things too; but really we have planned for so many things to be stowed in our own house that wonderfully few things of any special value are going there, only the two sofas. Isn't it sad about Dr. Drummond? We saw the death of Harry Calder in the paper but have had no particulars. It seems that Prof. Kirkpatrick is not a business man at all and that is the reason he was not made principal of Manitoba. Mrs Joe Thomson told me, and they do not know how to plan it all. Prof Ballantine is said to have a good business head.

Doesn't the weather keep cold? I think the early Easter has made the cold weather seem long. Well, Peter, has distinguished himself at last, it will be a great joy to his poor old father and mother and Douglas. It seems as if I cannot forget my plans. Hennessey the lock-smith is coming up Monday to settle all the keys and is to put a special lock on the attic and closet door of back room. As to the Uncle I intend to manage him most diplomatically and not give him a chance at me. I have again forgotten just when Tom wants his fees so if he will please when he writes just put down in writing the date and amount, including living expense whilst he is out of office. Hope you are keeping up your spirits and courage. With much love to both.

Your loving mother

M. B. McQuesten




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