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W4959 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby
May 22 1903 Friday morning
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Montreal, Quebec,
From: Ottawa Ladies' College

My dear old Cal,

Just a line to wish you bon voyage for old Hamilton. I'm so glad you're getting off for a wee change--it will do you good to unload your mind and on load the fatted calf etc. which will be prepared for the prodigal son. Don't eat too well.

Life has been going on basically here as ever. There is nothing important to tell. Our chief recreations are Sat. afternoon outings & Dr. MacD. [MacDonald] takes us out about every week. On Wed. we went out for dinner to Britannica on the Bay & the Mither will tell you how the dinner came off.

I'm thankful the strike is over & do hope you'll have a chance to breathe. And you're all settled in your flat. You must give me a picture of it from your pen. There goes the bell, so my blessing old boy & lots of joy for the 24th. With much love,


[P.S.] Much my sox! And yet beware and see that you're good for a certain amount or you'll hurt the feelings of the family.

I had a lovely box of lilies of the valley sent to me. But you'll be rejoicing in the whole bed at home. You must pick yourself a button hole from our special garden, if there is anything there. Our moss roses aren't out yet. But you'll find a stray heart's ease or something. I fancy you all strolling around the garden on Sunday & Mama tempted to pull up weeds. That book 'The Pit' is most interesting. I've enjoyed it very much. It gives one a great insight into the greatness of a large city and the resources of a country. It is a fine lesson in Geog. on products etc. And it ends out well as a story. 1

1 The Pit, A Story of Chicago, is a story about the Chicago Wheat market during the early 1900's. Frank Norris (1870-1902) writes a historical romance. tg/detail/-/0140187588?v=glance - 79k -

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