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W-MCP1-3a.025 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
May 4 1905
To: Thomas McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

My dear dear Tom,

We are busy as usual. to-day Mr. Ketchen arrived just in time for dinner and I had invited Dr. Fletcher to meet him. I do not know if I told you that it came to me that some in the congregation should invite Mr. K. to come to them until he had made permanent arrangements for himself. So decided we would have to do it, although it was not altogether convenient as Miss Fisher occupies the spare room. To-night is the ordination and induction, then next Thursday 11th is the reception at which the gown is to be presented.

Tomorrow I am giving a "Tea" for Miss F. not a large one but about twenty-five. I really feel very anxious as to Mr. Ketchen but hope it will be all right, but as I did not finally hear him, the responsibility is taken off my shoulders.

So the Autonomy and School Bill has passed, Dr. Fletcher argues stoutly that it is the wish of the people of the West. Reading the newspapers one scarcely knows what is true.

Well dearie, I trust you have been getting on satisfactorily with your exams, they are more than half over now. You must not leave your packing till the last minute, for you must come home by the Boat, no fluking [sic] now. Miss F. took Hilda and me to Dr. Drummond, he reads his own habitant poetry very well indeed, and I was glad to have the opportunity of hearing him. Well dearie, you must excuse a brief note this time, you will soon be home now. Miss F. sends her best wishes for your success. You are much in my thoughts and always in my prayers my dearly beloved son. May God bless and help you!

Your loving mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] The lilies will not be out till June, I also had Miss Oates in mind.

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