W5101 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 9 1903 Wednesday [approximate date]
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal Quebec
My dear dear Cal,
Just a few lines to let you know, that I am not going to Mrs. Mackay's. Had a letter from Maggie that Mr. M. has a nurse, she was not any better if as well, though Dr. Caven is hopeful. So I wrote saying as I had promised Mr. M. my preparations were made to come, but to telephone me, if there was no room. So telegram came last night "no room shall write." Am sorry for I cannot help feeling Mrs. M. liked me there. Yesterday Mary & Tom went down to Exhibition, but poor M. was very sick on the boat. However, it was a fine day. Afterwards and they heard the Cold Stream Band, which was very fine, they had heard nothing like it. Jo-Jo has taken Hilda this afternoon. The girls have been having lots of fun out of Jo's attention to Ruby. He bought her a box of rosebuds to take to Ottawa, has been down to see us several times &c. Then he told Ruby he wanted to ask H. to go golfing with him, so they are not sure which is the favourite.
I am wondering if you took the Saguenay trip. Mrs. Mullin was thankful she escaped the Caroline which was wrecked on the rocks above Tadousac and the passengers all turned out in their nightgowns. Just heard from R. she had quite a time getting her berth owing to great crowds but thanks to a nice little man, she had a berth all to herself. You see Jean Medown [?] proposed to her to get Jack to get some's [someone's?] return fare to Ottawa. There were reduced rates to Toronto to the Fair for $15.00 return. So Jack sent her a ticket but it was by G.T.R. and you cannot get through to Ottawa by day on that line. So Ruby had to take the night train, it was too bad as she only gained $3.25 after all, but that was better than nothing. She says they have prospect of a good school. Well dear I do hope you are feeling rested and have had fine weather. Do not know whether to send this to Cap a l'aigle or Montreal. Afraid it is a little for the former but will risk it. Heard yesterday that Mr. Tom Irving had a stroke of apoplexy at Buffalo, but he may not live, he has had one before. Must close to catch post. Try and take things easy when you go back to work.
Your loving mother