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W4440 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
Nov 16 1900 Friday afternoon [date from Whitehern Calendar]
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Toronto, Ontario
From: Presbyterian Ladies' College [Ottawa Ladies' College] Ottawa, Ontario

My dearest Cal,

You don't know how glad I was to get your letter for I had begun to feel rather low, it had seemed such a long time since I had heard from either of you. But your fine long letter & then Tom's quite cheered me up. You poor fellows certainly have been busy I don't wonder in the least

It was at the boy Tom that my hint was aimed "to drop a fellow a line" & I was really provoked to think he couldn't have sent me a card sooner, for I worried about the money from Monday as various people had told me about losing money thro' the post & when each day went by & Thursday night came I couldn't wait any longer so sent the card & such a card back as the cheeky young dog sent me. However I've forgiven him, as he wrote a fine long letter & give him my love & say I'll answer soon.

I'm glad you had such a pleasant time at the Gartshores. [?] seems a thing of the far past for we have had sleighing for the last couple of days & seems regular winter

The elections certainly went finely & we had some fun here over it. Tho' the excitement over the return of the troops was not so great as at home I fancy.

I really don't know what I have been doing--nothing particular, the only thing I know is that I have a whole set of reports for the term to make up which will keep me busy to-night & to-morrow.

We won't count this a letter now as I'm going out to tea & just had ten minutes to write, but tho't Tom might need his money.1

Take care of yourself & let things go if you can. With much love my dear old brother.

Your ever affec'ate sister,

Ruby McQuesten,

P.L.C. [Presbyterian Ladies College]

1 Ruby has been teaching in Ottawa since 1899 (Minnes 1)and is committed to sending her money to Tom to pay for his tuition through university. We note that this letter indicates that she is sending regular amounts of money to Tom.

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