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W4351 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her daughter Hilda
Oct 9 1889 Sept 9 1881
To: Mary Baker McQuesten c/o Mrs. McKay? Toronto, Ontario
From: Whitehern Hamilton, Ontario

Dearest Mamma1

I am very lazy not to have written sooner but I went so often to Mary Mewburn, she is getting along finally, perhaps she is going out to-day in old Mrs. Fisher's chair, but it takes such a lot to amuze her, but she reads a great deal. Sherman was in bed but got up on Sunday morning but is so sleepy.

Down at the Herald's office their [sic] is a Tarantula an Italian brought it into the Bank of Hamilton in a paper bag and it got out and was three days in the Bank of Hamilton and the way they killed it was throwing pails full of water, it is just like a big beetle with hairy legs which look like prickles through the microscope.

I am in Miss Marshal's class and have got a history book fourth Reader and arithmetic but I havenít got a [German?] which I want more than all so perhaps you will let me buy one when you get home but I am not in a hurry on the 15th of Sept they are going to pull Mrs. Lyle's house down.

Ruby has Miss Troap for a teacher and likes her very well. Miss Stuart got promoted to the seventh where [rest of line illegible] lovely weath[er] [illegible] has never rained neither night that [illegible] thousand kisses for you and Tom I must stop now for breakie is ready.

Your loving daughter,

1 It is likely that Mary (mother) is at Mrs. McKay's house where she visits often, sometimes to help the McKays, or perhaps for a rest for herself. The letter suggests that Tom is with her. He would be seven years of age.

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