W9863n TO T..B. MCQUESTEN from his associate, Matt Broman.
Jul 23 1942
To: T.B. McQuesten, Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten July 23rd, 1942.
I received your letter of July 20th and also of July 21st.
It gives me great pleasure to send you some letters from different Schools in England, the recipients of some of our brown seed beans.1 The letters from the children are, as you will find, very touching, if we think about all the hardships even the youngsters over in England must endure. It even shows how much a small brown bean can do for, and mean to people.
I will be very grateful if after reading the letters you would kindly return them to me as I would like to answer every one of these.
The article about the Fairbridge School in England is very interesting and I am hoping that you will allow us to keep this clipping for the Training School Library.
In answer to your letter, we let the Agricultural Department in England distribute the beans to the different schools as they saw fit. You will see this from the Children's letters. Distributing them at the rate of 1/4 lb. of seed beans to a school menas that over 2,000 schools must have received seed, because we shipped 1,000 pounds. I hope you will be pleased with this result as we feel we have accomplished something.
Mr. Corson's trees seem to be very hardy if they are growing on his property in Islington without protection, and I will correspond with him, and ask him how much he would like for a tree. I am pointing out something about their hardiness and where they grow etc., on the next page.
Hon T.B. McQuesten, K.C.,2
Minister of Highways,
1 The brown bean seeds were mentioned in W9862n, W9863j, and there may be other instances in the letters.
2 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.
This document was originally numbered 986.1.061.1 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.