ROYCE & HENDERSON
Barristers, Solicitors, Etc.
Branch Office, Toronto, Junction
Telephone MAIN 2833
R.B. Henderson . . . Allan H. Royce
MOLSONS BANK CHAMBERS
48 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario
W8189 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her son Thomas B. McQuesten
Aug 10 1906
To: Mary Baker McQuesten [Dorset, Ontario]
From: Toronto, Ontario
My dear Mother,
Have just received your letter and shall proceed to deal with the several points seriatim. As to its being a shame to put the people off the Beach, it does not injure us at all and it gives me a decided satisfaction to give a few more people in Hamilton a little experience of Railways. It will educate the public to be a little more sympathetic. The majority of the sufferers are the poor people for whom the Beach is the only place they can afford for a vacation. These are the identical people who put the T.H. & B. through Hamilton, and we have got the worst of it even yet. I hope after ten years more of scourging that some public may be aroused in the citizens. I may say that I am assisting in the work of expropriation with keen satisfaction.
Gillis is a young lawyer who has been through some years whom Royce has had here for a month in view of the very heavy work. He will be fired very shortly, poor fellow as he has already made enough mistakes to ruin his reputation.
Yesterday I was up to Hamilton myself to arrange for the closing out of the Dynes family property who own between them about 600 feet of the Right of Way. Shall have to go up again Monday or so to close the Matter, also to close some other matters with one Jim Crooks who keeps the Brunswick Hotel. In my letter I meant south of Hunter Street between James and John.
Saw Sam Stephens yesterday and he told me that he was still talking up our place for the club.1 He said he spoke before a committee of the Club. So that the matter is by no means settled yet.
Yesterday the house appeared all right. I got some putty while I was up and fixed up the flag post so that it will not leak then I had a very iffy trip back in the train to Toronto. The Turbinia is behaving in a most extraordinary way. One never knows when it is going to sail. I think it just sails whenever there is some freight waiting for her. For instance yesterday the first trip arrived from Hamilton at a quarter to two and did not go back until six o'clock. To-day the first boat had not started out at 11 o'clock from Toronto. It has effectually killed its passenger business you will no doubt be glad to hear, never having taken very kindly to the new boats.
I don't know whether I told you before but I received a letter from my friend Eddy at St. Mary's asking me to come up for a weekend and agreeing to procure me a ticket to that end. He is the editor of the St. Mary's Journal. It was rather decent of him. Shall go up some of these days.
Well my dear Mother must close.
Your loving son
T. B. McQuesten
1 The Hamilton Club was considering either purchasing or renting Whitehern. They finally rented it in 1907, see W5800.