W9863f TO MATT BROMAN from T.B. McQuesten's sister, Mary Baldwin McQuesten
May 30 1942
To: Matt Broman.
From: Mary Baldwin McQuesten, Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
May 30th 1942
Dear Mr Broman,1,2
Thank you so much for the orchids, which I have planted carefully and watch as a cat watches a mouse. If they do well, I will have four varieties.
May I also thank you on behalf of the whole family for those delicious strawberries, so sweet and fresh. My sister said she thought the poor boys who did the work ought to have had them, but no one seemed to agree. It was too bad you should have wasted your time waiting for us last Tuesday. I did not think my brother would have said anything for I knew it would be late before we reached there, as our mustangs cannot be hurried I was long after six o'clock before we came to the School but we took all the ladies around the place and they were filled with amazement at the beauty of the place and the amount of work accomplished. This is the first time I have seen the azaleas and rhododendrons at their best and we were simply speechless. Our friend from Toronto Mrs. Williams was loud in her administration of everything. She can appreciate flowers as her husband is locally famous for his flowers and garden.
Again thanking you for your kindness
Mary Baldwin McQuesten
1 Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.
2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.054 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.