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W5221 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN form his sister Ruby
Jun 3 1904 Friday afternoon
To: [Rev.] Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
From: Ottawa Ladies' College

My dearest Cal,

Must just send you a line before going out to brave the elements. It has been raining all week and took a fresh start yesterday over the sins of the circus just come to town. We dismissed school at recess and let the girls see the parade as the circus going is permitted in these parts.1

Last night the girls gave a little social evening the last night at their travel club. Two of the girls daubed their cheeks and the ends of their noses with red paint, almost fierce looking objects and it took powerful scrubbing to get them respectable for this morning.

By the way Dr. Herridge has left for the Old Country and who do you think is to preach the College sermon to the girls in St. Andrew's. Who but Mr. Ross, that tall shy Mr. Ross that once preached in Dr. Lyle's [Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton] and has a charge near here. I never knew him to preach in St. Andrews before and to begin with a sermon to College girls. Well! he's a braver man than I took him for.

Last Sunday night we had a fine sermon or rather talk from Mr. Pringle. He kept us so long that it was hardly worth while going to my Chinaman at all.2

Well time is hastening on--I gave my last Latin lesson to the girl trying McGill Matric. Her exams start on Monday.3 So I'll have an extra half hour free each day. I can't say there is any particular news to tell--I was out for tea & the evening on Tuesday. On Wed. Miss Smith came to tea and to-night I go out for tea again. And so time flies. To-morrow must see a number of things done. Saturdays are too precious to waste so near the end.

How I wish I could just see you and go around with you a little. It seems as if I half expect to see you when I see all the others. If only I could! 4

Well, dear old boy, take care of yourself, with ever so much love,

Your loving sister,


1 This would suggest that in Ruby's Presbyterian home and church, "circus going" was not permitted.

2 Ruby did some missionary work in teaching and converting the Chinese and Jews in Ottawa, just as the family did in Hamilton. It was part of the "Social Gospel" movement.

3 This and other instances suggest that Ruby was giving private lessons for some pupils.

4 This suggests that Ruby is very fond of Calvin and that she will miss him when she is at home.

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