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W-MCP3-5.057 TO THOMAS BAKER MCQUESTEN, ESQ. B.A. from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 30 1904 Thursday Evening
In care of (c/o)
To: T. B. McQuesten Beamsville Ont 1
From: 'Whitehern'

My dearest boy,

Have just returned from Toronto to-night, and have secured rooms for you and Cal at 22 Grosvenor St. I had sent an advertisement to the Telegram for last Friday and Saturday, but none of the replies would answer. I went down Tuesday, unfortunately it rained Monday. Went to Varsity Y.M.C.A. and the Central one on McGill St. They told me it was almost an impossibility to find a single room, the secretary of Y.M.C. had been wanting one for himself. But after a steady house to house visitation of Czar, St. Joseph, St. Vincent, Grosvenor, Grenville & Wood Sts., I succeeded in getting two single rooms at Miss Oates, 22 Grosvenor, one on second story at $7.00 a month and one on third story at $5.00. Two respectable spinsters own the house and it's clean and warm, they assured me, but there is no gas in the bed-rooms and I am so afraid you will think them small, but rents have gone up and prices of rooms also and every place seemed filled, and I thought you would rather have a small room to yourself than share a room or bedroom with Cal.

Mrs. MacKay had failed very much, and scarcely knew me, takes very little notice now. I saw that unless I secured a room, you would be out in the cold, though I would have preferred to have had you choose your own. Cal was hoping to get here Saturday if his ticket reached him and I hope you will too.

(Friday Morning) Cal has just arrived, sporting large moustache. Hope you are quite well, have a wretched pen. With much love.

Your Mother,

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] Enclosed is $5.00.

1 Tom had taken a job before returning to school. Mary wrote: "Tom has most providentially come in for a good thing. . . . On Sunday . . . Mr. Chisholm told us he had had a messsage from Mr. Gibson, that they were wanting a man on military survey at $75 month. . . . in Niagara District, so Tom telephoned Mr. Ballentine, if he could let him off for a month. . . he thought he could catch up in lectures at Osgoode, as $75 seemed too much to miss" (W5313).

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