Advanced Search 

Home - introductions to the site
Search - a searchable database of letters/essays/etc.
Genealogy - short biographical information of each family member
Photographs - various images pertaining to the McQuesten family
Thesis - essays on the McQuestens and lifewriting by Mary Anderson
Timelines - a chronological list of events in the McQuesten family and corresponding historical events

Search Results

[The following is written vertically across the top of the letter:]

As Mrs. Best would like a decided answer on Monday please answer soon as convenient and let me know what I am to do.

W3189 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from his granddaughter Harriett (Hattie) Baker
Apr 18 1878
To: Rev. Thomas Baker, 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario
From: [Paris], [Ontario]

My dear Grandpa,

Your kind letter I received yesterday I have just returned from Mrs. Best she keeps a private establishment [.] The terms she will take me on are these [:] She will take me for a year and if handy at the end of the year with her instructions she says I will be able to cut measure and fit or do any thing [sic] required in that line of business.

At the end of the first six months she will give me one dollar per week. Though I have been anxious for some time to learn this trade yet not hearing of a place which I thought suitable for me is my reason for not mention [sic] to you my desire before [.] I one day spoke to Mrs. Hart on this subject and by her was informed that Mrs. Best was an excellent dressmaker and in England kept a large establishment the same also in Toronto and that she did a good business here. As Mrs. Best and Mrs. Allworth are great friends refer to her should you wish further information.

I dislike making myself a common servant and think a person with a trade is more respected and as you said much more independent, also Mrs. Best is ready for me at any time and if you are willing I will be very pleased to go and I think it will certainly be to my advantage and also to the children as I can help them.

Love to all.

I remain your affc. Granddaughter

Hattie Baker

Home | Search | Thesis | Family | Timelines
Photographs | Whitehern | Sitemap | Credits

Copyright 2002 Whitehern Historic House and Garden
The development of this website was directed by Mary Anderson, Ph.D. and Janelle Baldwin, M.A.
Please direct questions and comments to Mary Anderson, Ph.D.

Hamilton Public Library This site was created in partnership with and is hosted by the Hamilton Public Library. Canada's Digital Collections This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections initiative, Industry Canada.