ALLAN, ROYAL MAIL LINE
Box 12-311 TO MISS EDNA MCQUESTEN from Annie Thomson
Aug 16 1910
To: Edna McQuesten 'Whitehern,' Hamilton, Ontario
From: R.M.S. Tunisian
My dear Edna:
I often wonder why it is said that people seek joyfulness in travel. I think more about the friends I left behind me than I do when at home and engaged in the "trivial round." You are all constantly with me & I do wish you were all really with me. I think you ought to have come with us. However you would not enjoy it at present if you were in the same state that Margaret & Laura--not been visible since Sunday--Laura is really very sea-sick but Margaret is not demonstrative if she keeps her head down. The voyage so far has been perfect & likely to continue so as we received a "Marconi" from a passing steamer that the weather is good ahead of us. The Captain brought us the "Marconi" to read. It is very reassuring to see him down from the Bridge for two reasons--one we know it is plain sailing & the other he has the kindest face. He is a benediction at the head of the table, & looks at us so kindly. You may be sure of whom he reminds me, Josie & I have to hob-nob together & visit our sick. Fortunately the stewardess is above an average & very kind. I feel the change from the great heat to the cold since in left Belle Isle. Laura has no asthma, but alas, another ailment & seasickness. She was so well from Hamilton to Belle Isle, gay as a lark.
Tell your dear mother I was sorry we missed going with the ladies she spoke of but I am much pleased with this steamer & only 30 passengers (first class). We had a large attendance at the service on Sunday a.m.--conducted by a minister from the 2nd Cabin & they all came too. The Saloon was full--How sweet of your dear mother to write me. Mr. Dickie (Rev.) I saw at service but have not seen him since so I suppose he is 2nd Cabin--going home for his wife.
I hope your stay in Muskoka will greatly benefit you. Give my love to each dear one. I was glad to hear dear Ruby was better. I hope your dear mother will not think it a liberty to hand her the parcel. I was so hurried that I forget what I said to her but it was some goods that I got & I thought I would make my self. But poor Laura can help me so little that I did not get it done. So passed it on to your clever household. You must not forget me. One blessed thing there is no distance in God & He is our refuge.
Ever dear Edna
Your loving Aunt Annie [Thomson]
[P.S.] You see I take liberties at a safe distance.
[P.S.] I am writing in the prettiest of little boudoirs, no one in it but myself--a fire--or heat rather, shaded lights & small desk. So very pretty & no shippy smell anywhere. Laura is across the passage & my cabin across on this side. I wish you were here, plenty of room with me if you go aloft. I do not think you would enjoy Laura's room unless you are very fond of company--She has the stewardess--the steward--the cabin boy & the Doctors & Josie in attendance. She lies on the sofa smiling & jolly. Is she not a fraud? I am so glad she is better today (17th) as we expect to land Sat. a.m. Your dear mothers letter came on at Rimouski. How good of her to write. Cheered me much. Tell your dear mother my nephew has taken his little boy & gone to Edmonton. They were with me a week ago yesterday--or the day--left in the evening said "I am going to Josephine." He will be happy in that dear Christian family.