W-MCP1-3a.011 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ., B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 13 1905
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My dear dear boy,
I do not know that I have done anything special to talk about. The beautiful weather makes us feel that there are a great many things to be done in the way of attending to our wardrobes, our houses and that dreadful garden. Willie Stuart has been raking off the beds in front, the Spring flowers are up and the early ones out, but we have had sharp frosts for two nights. To-day I went out looking for a man to take off the double windows, it will be a relief to have them off. Yesterday I went down shopping with Mary. So you see I am picking up by degrees. Hilda and Edna are having a lovely day for Toronto.
I looked up your groups and found Dr. Fletcher in the "Varsity" one as representative of Knox, he was very good looking and manly; more of the born gentleman than any of the other young men we heard at that time and Dr. Ketchen says he is well connected. It was unfortunate that the Doctor said this at the Congregational meeting for it is a very sore point with many, that he has always paid so much attention to prominent men. We are to have the new minister first Sabbath of May. Some church formalities have to be observed in the mean time.
Ruby said she would be sending you money this week, so you must take care of it. Well, Tomity dear, your views on house cleaning are truly manly or mannish; it is a most necessary and very disagreeable business, if one has plenty of money to hire help, it is not so bad.
That was a fine speech evidently reported in yesterday's News of Mr. Greiller of South Grey, in which he defended Laurier. The whole thing hinges on the point, "Can a Catholic ever be trusted to oppose his Church." Isn't it fine that another Canadian succeeds Dr. Osler, Dr. Barker; his mother was a fine looking person, I believe she was of Quaker family, the father a Baptist minister. Mrs. Mullin had met them and admired Dr. B. and his mother very much.
I suppose we shall not have you and Cal. at Easter, I have written Miss Fisher to pay us a little visit. When you are through with your exams you must come right home by the boat and have a little holiday. Will be glad when you are free. With much love, dearie.
Your loving mother