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W5468 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
May 18 1906 Friday morning
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
From: Ottawea Ladies' College

My dearest Cal,

It seems ages since you went off, we've been so busy that the 1st of May seems a long time off--and I've been going to write to you so often. We were so glad to know that you reached your journey's end safely and were welcomed by your friends. Of course the latter was only what was expected. Your people out there will think "it's an ill wind that blows nobody good."

We just had a cheerful letter from the little Mither, it will be going on to you unless she at the same time wrote you. Everything has turned out beautifully. She is in such a nice home and it all seems fine. I feel gay at the thought of her, Oh the McQ's are looking up.1

By the way we had the Ottawa & Montreal Synod here & a young minister Grieg wanted to know if I were a sister of one Calvin McQuesten. So he wanted to be remembered to you. Mr. Ross--the tall & shy--also asked after you.

We've been having awfully hot & muggy weather lately and to-day its thundering & lightening.

On Wed we were at a farewell tea for Miss Bennet. She goes to Montreal & in the fall starts for Formosa to meet Mr. Jack there & to be married. Such is life!

Mr. Robinson was speaking about you the other day. We were just having a little chat together and he was saying he hoped sometime to have an article from you about the work out there and I said that after a month or two's rest, I was sure you'd be glad to do something for him.

I had a letter from May Mewburn. Her father has promised Mrs. Mewburn & May a trip East every year. So May is quite elated.

Edna & I are to go to Miss Smith's for tea & it is so unsettled & stormy we're putting off the evil day of starting out.2

Well old chap--you will feel at home out there again by the time this reaches you. You always did say uncomplimentary things about this East country. It is all very well. It was simply a bluff of yours to get back to the wild woolly West, I know your wild instincts. There must have been some wild Indian blood in the family & it's gone into you. Let's get at the Mither to know where it came from.

Well I can't bluff it any longer I must really think seriously of going out. With ever so much love & love from Ted [Edna].

Your affectionate sister,


1 Mary Baker McQuesten describes the home where she has been billeted in Winnipeg in W5460, W5464.

2 Edna is staying with Ruby in Ottawa while her mother Mary is on her Western trip with the missionary group. See W5464, W5445, W5453.

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