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W6561 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister, Ruby McQuesten
Dec 9 1909
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Knox College, Toronto, Ontario
From: Gravenhurst, Ontario

Dearest Cal,

Your note came to-night & I had just addressed a letter to you to say that I had just told Santa not to waste any sweets or oranges on me this year unless somebody gave him a box of Burgers when it would be too bad to refuse, but not ever to get that himself. Once a lad told me a teacher of his was always having feelings--well I have feelings--it's immodest to utter them except in the bosom of my family--that all my poor friends much against my wishes, will be sending handouts. Mama said in a card to-day a friend was sending me a book & she suggested names to me & said "The Lonely Lady of Grosvenor Square" was very pretty. So I said I'd be very pleased. So you see my feelings are turning solid.

And I sent word to Santa Claus that I'd have C. McQuesten himself & not anything he could get for an Xmas present, in fact for any kind of present.1

How would you like a really nice big 'China' man for a brother-in-law? The saints preserve me from being the third party, but just how would you like it?

Poor boy I guess you have work enough to do. Yes, you can do some work up here. Work in the morning & have lunch at Mrs. Minn's and then come over here & have dinner, only it is pitch dark going home at night--or come over in the morning & lunch here & go home in time for tea at night & study after tea. Only don't crack your crown with the old studies. With much love & many thanks for all your letters.2

Your affec'ate sister,


1 This is an indication of the fondness between Ruby and Calvin, they are kindred spirits.

2 FN For more information on Ruby and her treatment for Consumption (Tuberculosis), see W6135, and see her biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then clicking on her picture.

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