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W4832 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
Mar 13 1903
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec
From: Ottawa Ladies' College

My dearest Cal,

Just a note I'm in a furious hurry. I'm sending on Hilda's letters which Mama sent me and a letter of Tom's which you musn't lose but return to the Mither. This letter of Tom's I should have sent you long ago. I was delighted to get your jolly little letter--it was very cheering. Your Mephistos have been entertaining characters.1

We are to have our Saturday 'At Home' to-morrow & members of Par.[liament] are invited--that is some of them, I'm not inviting dear Pa Bruce. And tonight we have to decorate & I'm getting this affection for the [mall?]. This has been a busy week, but fairly gay. Yesterday afternoon was the great crush at the opening of Par. I and my flock looked down condescendingly at the gay ladies below. Laurier is his same sweet self--the new gentleman of the blackened locks, the elegant bows of the [former?]. We saw the performance well, were nearly roasted etc., returned home to rest till tea.2

On Tues. afternoon went to a committee meeting of the Field Naturalists & in the evening to one of their lectures on whales. We had a whale of a time. 3

On Wed. I went to Miss Sutherlands, met a Mr. Green who knew of you at Varsity.

Well my dear boy take care of yourself with much love.

Ruby


1 "Mephistos" likely refers to a conference in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine. The conferences continue to be held in the universities today. http://web1.umkc.edu/scistud/hopos/nl/6-2.pdf

Calvin may have written about this conference in the Montreal Herald, but we have found no record of it in his "Tatler" articles; however, he may have written it up in one of his other articles but they are unsigned so are difficult to find.


2 Ruby often writes of contact with Canada's Parliament and/or its members, and of lectures and meeting some of the dignitaries. The Ladies' College at Ottawa was considered to have had no superior in Canada for young women both as a home and as a school. (Minnes 1).


3 Ruby often attends functions of the Field Naturalist, and the McQuesten family were avid Naturalists. Calvin himself, became President of the Naturalist Society in Hamilton and met with Jack Miner on several occasions. See, W8084 & IMG050.




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