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W7901 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Margaret Todd
Jan 7 1933
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten 'Whitehern,' Hamilton, Ontario
From: [Cleveland, Ohio]

Dear Uncle Cal,

Would you like to know what your character is. This is what it says in my diary so just believe what you wish to and no more: "Taurus, Stubborn, proud; difficult to approach; fond of opposition; slow to get excited and slow to calm down; shrewd; straightforward; passions fury; not persistent; sometimes fickle & jealous; fond of choice food." Isn't that fierce? You ought to see what it says about me though. Oh my hat! What a wild creature I must be!

Before I tell you any more trash I want to thank you for my Christmas present. It was so kind of you to remember me like the good kind gentleman you are. And I don't think that any present gave me more pleasure than that little book did.

Excuse me sir, but however much I like the name you gave me in the book, I bear the name of my mother, Eleanor. Most people do think that my name is Wingate because papa's name is, but it is not so.

Last night we all stayed up to go down and see Arthur off on the Greyhound bus to Harvard. The bus left at twenty minutes past one a.m. I don't know whether I'm awake yet, doubt it very much.

The thing that disgusted me was that there were as many drunkards hanging around the street. It must have been awful on New Year's Eve around 12 o'clock p.m. because then of course nearly every body got tipsy. Drink is really a very destructive thing, don't you think?

School is getting to be more attractive than ever to me and I dread the thought of leaving it. Of course, I have one more year in the Junior High, but time goes so quickly.

I must go and listen to Eddie Cantor now so goodbye until next time, amicus meus.


Toby [Margaret Todd]

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