W1270 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN from his friend Annie L. Cantrell
Feb 15 1876 Tuesday Morning1
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten,
What a provoking man you are! did [sic] you not say that you would let me know what afternoon you would be down? I certainly understood so, therefore looked for a postal & was much surprised when I heard that you had been here. [Cousin?] May was here just before you by only two or three minutes & I came in with Miss McF.[likely McFarland]--a few minutes afterward. It seems as if you could scarcely have helped seeing us in the street; but I do not think it is possible that you would pass us in that way without noticing us. I would not blame anyone for so doing for I am looking too shabby for anything. What else can be expected from a poor school teacher. Oh! dear, if I only were a man, I would get nearly twice as much even if I had a worse time than one of our gentleman [teacher?] is having now, which would be almost impossible for those boys have done now almost every thing that could be imagined. Oh! to be a man! One of the Lords of [Creation?]!
If convenient & agreeable I shall look for you this afternoon or Thursday. If a call will be neither, be so kind as to let me know.
A[nnie] L. Cantrell
1 This letter has no year indicated, but in 1876, the 15th of February fell on a Tuesday.