[Written at top of first page:] Tom's letter came alright--thank you. It was comical.W6355 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Ruby McQuesten
Feb 18 1909
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten [Knox College, Toronto, Ontario]
From: 316-15th Ave., West, Calgary Alberta
Just to make you jealous, I stole a ride on a long lumber cart to-day & came riding into town with Miss Grantham beside me both of us swinging our feet like two kids. [?] Western dog that had attached itself to us followed behind.
Yesterday it was mild and spring-like and we were skating morning & afternoon. To-day the river had flooded so we took to "looking in." I think my hair will turn [?] from enjoyment if we perform such old time stunts after.1
Many thanks for the dear little Valentine. It was my sole one & quite sufficient. It cheers me up to look at the pretty little [?] & the gay roses. It was nice of you to think of it long enough before to have it here on time.
And many thanks for your little letter. It was nice if it was short and you needn't write for a long time,--I'll understand about your old exams. Don't work too hard--just use the inside of your old cranium mixed with a little ink & stick it on thick when it comes to exam time and you'll bluff the old codgers. I'll bet you my one silver bracelet--you'll win--I'll bet that because not being able to get it over your old paw you'd lose to let me keep it.
I'm sitting in my little English friend's room & I told her your remark about her looking silly or something--I forget now what. And so when I said I was writing to one of my brothers she wanted to know which one--was it the [one] I sent her awful photo to.
On Monday night a youth [&] his friends took me to a concert & to refreshments later [and?] last Friday I went to [hear] [Jimmie Fax]. In fact I'm [really an invalid?] where solid work is required.
And I only wish you could be frolicking too. But never mind my boy, we'll do it together some day. And in the meantime don't care, just apply that stuff to your old exam papers & cheer up. You'll soon be laughing at them. 2
With much love & many thanks
Your affec'ate sister
P.S. There is a Mr. New here--a nice Baptist gentleman who comes from Hamilton & met yourself at Muskoka. He had an island there I believe. He has been out all winter with a son who I'm afraid is a hopeless tubercular invalid. It is very sad--poor man. He comes--the father--to Mrs. Motter's for eggs & so I met him. He seems a nice kind of a man. I had seen the son out on the verandah after but did not know who he was.
1 Ruby is obviously feeling well now.
2 Ruby is concerned about Calvin and his exams. He often suffers emotional stress at exam time.