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W5828 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
Apr 30 1907
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten [Toronto, Ontario]
From: Ottawa Ladies' College

My dearest Cal,

Many Happy Returns of this May day to you. The sky has been pouring down rain all day to clear away things for a fresh beginning.

Don't you think this wee scene is a cheerful little fellow even though he is blue? There is something fresh about it to match your Irish freshness my dear. And as for the windmills--they suggest a breeze that blows away the clouds. I've done pretty well for you my boy for I think I've put in five windmills. You may possibly only be able to see three. The other two form the poetic touch and are understood. They're in there though someplace to the left of the big boat. When you look at the arms of the windmills you're to see them waving good luck to you. And with twenty arms old Zeus himself will be moved. 1

Yes for sure piles of good fortune are on your side of the scales. You're a foolish boy, you know & I suppose you feel old because you happen to be with a lot of kids. You're only a kid yourself & when this exam is over & you've had some holidays you'll feel like one & sorely need your sedate sister to keep you in order.2

With very best wishes my dearest Cal. Thanks for your fine letter I'm going to answer it soon. And with much love.

Ever your affectionate sister


1 This is one of Ruby's paintings done for Calvin's birthday. Many of Ruby's paintings are on display at Whitehern. Examples of Ruby's pyrography or wood burning (poker art) are also on display. See W5002 in which her mother names the pyrography, poker art.

2 It is likely that Ruby is encouraging Calvin because he is in inclined to suffer a break down during exam time.

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