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W6673 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Ruby McQuesten
Mar 28 1910
To: Mary Baker McQuesten Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
From:

My darling Mitherkins,

It is a warm, south-west wind--so strong it would blow little Tomphy away if he were here so I'm resigned to his being at home. I never liked to see him going home each night in the dark and my bemoaning the fact made him quite cross. "What's going to happen to me anyway"? --"You might tumble in the dark."--"And what if I did--do you think I'm a camel or elephant"! "What harm will it do me if I do tumble"! One shouldn't waste ones sympathies on such creatures!

Well it was a very exciting visit. Tom came just at dinner time & my tray had come in so I sent him off to dinner & said we'd open the boxes when he came back. So Florence Waldock came in & we opened the wonderful box. It was just a sight--such variety and so fresh--I had to call in the patients from the sitting room to see them. Pink & white tulips--double & single daffodils--red, white & pink roses & carnations & ferns. Everybody hunted vases--a bowl for the tulips--two tall vases for the daffodils & several little ones for the roses & a jug for the carnations & ferns. I had to handle them and smell them till Tom was hopeless of their ever being arranged & sank exhausted in a chair. He refused to be revived by the charlotte russe & lady-fingers that Waldock & I regaled ourselves on. It would be insulting to ask him if he thanked Mr. Chisholm & Miss Chisholm properly & also asked Mr. Chisholm to thank his sister for her very nice letter. It was exceedingly kind of them.

Well next in order came the refreshments which we had that night & next day. I've always thought our charlotte russes were delicious but this seemed extra fine & the fine box of lady-fingers. And all the fine cookies too. For Good Friday breakfast I had a hot cross bun & lady-finger & cooky & I have the box near where I can slip my finger in every now & again--Oh I'm a badly spoiled lady. And who'd choose to work when they can feast on flowers & charlotte russe!

Next excitement, Mrs. Ross took advantage of excursion rates & came up just for an hour--from 2 to 3. She brought me an Easter lily & gave a little talk on it which I could remember as it opened & she told me about the family as she probably told you & sent love to you & especially to Cal. The time seemed very short. Then the doctor said he'd examine me to report to Tom so I whispered 99 dozens of times. Then shortly after, home came the gay Thomas from the concert.

It was very kind of Ida to send the money for the flowers. Just slip it into Lollie's paws & the first warm night make her hike over to the corner & get ice cream for the family to "eat" to my health, I know they'd prefer to drink but I can't allow that. Now that's settled. Money always bothers me;--tho' I'm pleased to get it.

It was very good of you to write to Mrs. Young with all your other things. She'll appreciate it I know & I certainly do.

Thanks for an Easter post card & that Teddy directed but I suspect another girl of sending for the name wasn't in her hand-writing. I'm not through but this will have to do this time. Cal sent me a dear little card. With much love and [?]

Ruby


1 Two days later (March 30, 1910, W6676), Ruby's mother states that when Tom was up at Gravenhurst he talked with the doctor and the Dr. thought R. [Ruby] needed a change and to have her own people. Tom found a cottage close to the Minnewaska, and when he told his mother she decided to take it at once. They arranged that Hilda would take charge and the mother would be there as much as possible. The cost was $15 a month and they had to take it for eight mos. She also asks Cal not to say anything because they had not yet told the other girls. This note of caution suggests that this development was not a favourable one. For details of a subsequent "cottage" closer to home, see W9058. For more on Ruby's illness (consumption, tuberculosis), treatment, and her death in April 1911, see W6135. Also, see Ruby's biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then clicking on her picture.




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