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W5142 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Edna McQuesten.
Apr 28 1904
To: Calvin McQuesten.
From: Edna McQuesten, Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario.

Saturday Evening

My Dear Cal

Many happy returns of the day.1 I am sending you some maple sugar that you musy eat all yourself. This letter has been a long delayed one but have been studying pretty hard lately. You see Mrs. Chisholm is giving a medal called the Buchan Gold Medal for classics. So as I am the only one taking the regular exam in Greek I want to get it.

The last time I wrote you I said the Chamberlain debate was not to come off well, it took the form of an opend debate so my speech wasn't wasted after all. I read my speech but at the next one To resolve that man has done more for civilization than woman our side having the affirmative I just used notes a little and got on better.

At Easter Winnie Gartshore came up for the holidays. We had a good deal of fun. All the girls liked Winnie so much. The only other girl taking Greek, Isabelle Ross from Dundas knows Winnie so I invited her to tea I gave. We played the "Floral Wedding" and I think everybody enjoyed themselves. Nellie Proctor & Annie Leitch played & sang Lorna Olive looked prettier than ever. Rosalynde McAdams played too. She is a niece of Miss Fuller of the east end. I met her at Alice Hopes' once and she has invited me there several times. She is a dear little girl.

On Saturday afternoon Winnie & I went for a walk on the mountain and just after we left the incline met the Bard in his Scotch tam. So he walked along with us past the asylum & back. Winnie was delighted with him, particularily with his Scotch accent.

In the evening, or rather, for tea we went to the Gartshore's and enjoyed ourselves very much. Their house is beautiful and we had a sumptuous tea. Willie is so comical, he was relating all the woes that had befallen the everlasting "Beeshie" you know that only servant that was with them when they lived on Charles St. After tea Jessie played her violin and John sand while Mary played the accompaniment. Jessie looked beautiful and was very pleasant. Mrs. Gartshore has the Garts hore of ailing of making puns all the time. He and John had just returned from a trip to Nassau and he was having us some lovely views. Winnie left on Monday and yesterday She wrote me and was saying that her father's office just escaped the fire. Leslie was on the roof putting out the fires for some time. Leslie is just waiting to be sent for to fo out West again.

To-day is quite mild and we hope spring has come at last. Hilda has trimmed my hat with cherries and I am dying to wear it.

There have been quite exciting times at the H .C. T, the boys in our room called "the slippery 6" were making a great commotion.

Well I must close as I have to study,
With much love, Edna.

1 It is Calvin's birthday a few days after this letters' writing, May 1st. He is turning twenty eight.

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