Thursday night again, and I have just arrived in from drill. Thirty-eight boys and I have had a route -march to the Hospital and back. Four of the Masters [teachers]… have been away since Monday night… They are being examined at Fort George for Medical Classification. Stornoway, 2nd November 1916

Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. This week, a debate on Railway Nationalisation. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Jean dear,

Thursday night again, and I have just arrived in from drill. Thirty-eight boys and I have had a route -march to the Hospital and back. Four of the Masters – Mr. Maciver, Mr. Ewen, Mr. J. Macrae, and Mr. Anderson – have been away since Monday night, and it has been an awful job keeping the work running for these days. They are being examined at Fort George for Medical Classification. We expect them back to-night.

This has been the exam week in the Secondary School, with the routine of which you are familiar. There was a meeting of the Literary Society on Wednesday. Max Murray was in the chair, and three short papers were read on Hood, W.W. Jacobs, and Mark Twain. There were also some readings from their works. The first debate is to be next week – on the Nationalisation of Railways.

Maggie is going away to-morrow. Mamma has commenced your brown stockings; she thinks the wool very nice. Lil’l Lissy and Barrie are sleeping very hard at the kerb. I don’t think Barrie has sat once on the table since you went away. We are interested and pleased to hear that your week-ends are so social; quite a lot of teas you have been able to tell us about. What about Prof. Macdonald? Did he go, or was it a false alarm?

What kind of work do they give you in the Maths class? We have a fairly clear idea of what you do in the Latin class, but not in the other. We also seek some more light on the house life at the Residence; but doubtless you’ll be able to post us on all these things gradually.

Mamma was at the sewing meeting yesterday and sat beside Mrs. Morison, who had a new Harris tweed costume on, made by Mr. Danie[?] Maciver. Mamma wants news of Maud. Bessie we heard from this week. You will see from her letter enclosed that she has long hours. On the whole, Arts seems better than Medicine. I had a letter yesterday morning from Mr. Brown telling me about the shell making. How is Clara getting on with her University classes? I am long overdue a letter to Mr. Taylor, but have not yet got it cleared off.

By-the-way, get yourself 50 visiting cards. I suggest just your name on them; if your address is wanted at any time you can write it on. Plain script, as thus:-

Miss Jean Gibson

is the correct thing. You’ll have no difficulty in finding a place that will do them for you. Size of card same as Mamma’s.

Have you joined the University Library? Is there a University Union? If so, where are the rooms? What University Societies are still running? When you see the Rennies give them our compliments. We hope Mrs. Rennie is quite better again. Mamma tells me she said these things about them when she wrote. 

Mamma in writing Miss Littlejohn about the fruit mentioned that you were now in Aberdeen, and Mamma says instead of calling on Miss L. you should wait and leave the move with her, now that she know you are there.

With love from both, Papa.

Transcribed by Barry Shelby, Museum Visitor Assistant

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