W6532 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter, Ruby.
Sep 20 1909
To: Mary Baker McQuesten Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
My darling Mother,
Am writing by candle light for the evenings are closing in so early now and dinner is so late that it is dark before I put in my last mouthfuls. To-night I had ice-cream sent by one of the bed patients, a Mr. Grant. Before, I had eaten, besides the soup & meat course, bread pudding & peach tart. I can hear you crying out that you want peach tarts too! Poor little thing!
I can't say that my fever is quite extinct yet but if it keeps coming down it will be sure enough. I'll send Mrs. Fournier's receipt. The doctor was away, so he didn't get his money so soon and he hasn't given me his receipts yet.
The last few inches of the pencil Tom gave me never came back and I have a new one and it is not as nice and never will be.
Mr. McKeracher came in this morning with a beautiful bunch of asters of all colors. Hilda's letter had just come and I was laughing over it when he appeared around the corner of my tent.1 She's a bad girl, Tousie [Hilda].
This is only to take the place of a card. My real letter is coming next. Just change about this time.
It has been a soft mild day to-day. It seems to me I've made that remark every time I've written. Next time I'll say sharp biting weather even if it is warm.
Look at this wretched bill from Dr. Caven, you redirected it a little while ago.
Those Globe Nos. about Peary were most thrilling. I'm so glad you sent them. You're a fine little mother, I wouldn't have seen them otherwise tho' I do see an [?] no. of the Globe and the Mail, Night [?] as some of the papers go around.2
My purple jacket is much admired. Dr. Lyle calls me the 'Lady of the Decorations.'
Well, it is bed time now so Good-night dearest with much love to your little self, and love to Mary and the fat girl & boy [Hilda & Tom].
Your affectionate child,
1 This establishes that Ruby was first lodged in a tent at the sanatorium at "Minnewaska" at Gravenhurst. For more information on Ruby and her treatment for Consumption (Tuberculosis), see W6135, and see her biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then clicking on her picture.
2 Admiral Robert E. Peary. 1909 Peary Arctic Club Expedition to the North Pole.
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