W6051 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
Mar 5 1909 [date of 1908 incorrect in calendar]
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Toronto, Ontario
From: 316-15th Ave., West Calgary, Alberta
[written at top of letter] I'll send you an envelope already addressed to help you out in the rush, 316-15th Ave. West, Calgary,
Dear old Son of-a-gun,
I know you're really awfully busy stuffing that exam of yours but really, I must bother you just a minute. Mama has just sent on your letter from which I find you're coming West about the first of April. Could you stay a day in Winnipeg or do you have to hike right ahead. It would be awfully nice if you could and I'd be there too. Don't you feel tempted to look around with me--I want you to awfully badly.1
I'll arrange my time to suit yours. Of course I suppose I have to say not to inconvenience yourself too much. And I don't know whether by the regulations you have to be on that blooming land by a certain date.2 But if you let me know as soon as possible whether it is possible even if we don't settle the day I'd know whether to accept a lady's invitation to go visit her home by Chicago which I had slightly thought of doing as it is the same price.
With much love,
1 Ruby did meet Calvin in Winnipeg, and he was "grieved at her condition"(see W7798). Ruby came home on Wed. April 7, 1909. She had been in Calgary for treatment of her chronic cough (Consumption, Tuberculosis). We note that later in the letter she suggests that she might visit someone in Chicago, so perhaps she did benefit somewhat from the treatment at Calgary. She did make contact with David Ross, her fiancee, while in the west, and the relationship was finally broken off in Oct. 1908 (W6302, W6281).
2 Calvin's "Blooming land" is his homestead and "shack" in Saskatchewan, see W8239, W-MCP6-1.408, W-MCP6-1.410.