W-MCP2-3b.047 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN, ESQ, B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 25 1906
To: Thomas Baker McQuesten 22 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ontario
My Dearest Tom,
After leaving you we had a very comfortable passage home. Edna was greatly delighted with your box of cream taffy. She had a very happy birth-day, being in exuberant spirits and I felt so very thankful to see her so well and able to eat her dinner in comfort with us downstairs. I gave her the second amethyst ear-ring set as a brooch like Ruby's. She went out a little on Wednesday but to-day it is so windy do not know what to do.
Last night I was to speak at Knox at six o'clock, a storm of wind came on with torrents of rain. I felt sure no one could go out, still I did not like not to put in an appearance, and it was warm as summer, so I took the cars down, but there was no meeting, only a few people. So I spent the evening with Mrs. Mullin. Heurner was asking for you. I have been so annoyed with myself that both times I have seen you lately I always forget to ask you about your lip. Heurner could not tell what occasions these things. Miss Ketchen arrived at the Manse yesterday morning and its Grandmother says it is the most lovely child. These Autumn afternoons are most dreary, unless one is kept very busy it is rather depressing.
I am to take another little trip to Mineral Springs (as it is called, sulphur we used to call it) to-morrow, taking the 10:55 a.m. train on T.H.& B. It is the Ancaster Church. Yesterday evening a poor man slipped off the Bank of Hamilton and was killed, it seems so hard that men have to work on these terrible buildings. I really do not seem to have a particle of news, things seem as dull as possible, but we must be thankful for our health. Poor Mrs. B. came to consult me on Saturday about her daughter. She has been at Guelph since December, and is not herself yet though better. But I am afraid she is different, and suicide happened in her mother's family. They have been paying out $50 a week. Fancy Dr. Beemer of Mimico Asylum charging $100 as a consultation fee and Dr. Clark coming here for $25.
I hear that Mr. Chisholm was asked to run for East Hamilton but didn't on account of his health and his business. Well, dearie hope you will have a pleasant and safe trip to St. Mary's. Will not be going down on Monday. Miss Fisher has not been well, so will not visit us just now. May God bless and keep you my dear son!
Your loving mother