Anyone getting any hockey this bad weather? I suppose not. See how ever you get a good tramp every day to keep you fit with so much sitting over books. Stornoway 12th Nov. 1916

Velour hats, mud, Dostoevsky, washing and teachers’ pay… another week in the life of Mrs Gibson! The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Dear Jean,

We got your letter on Friday and were interested to hear of your visit to Mrs. Rennie. That was right to help with the dishes. Poor soul! It is hard lines when the N.G. acts so. So glad that your Harris promises to be nice. Wear it a lot this winter and get real good of it. How are you off for blouses and such? I was thinking that perhaps Mrs. Miln would know of some one who would do up your brown frock for you as a stand bye for evenings. What do you think? Be on the outlook for a nice brown or black velours or beaver hat. Have you got your shoes yet? So much for business.

Today Papa and I went after dinner through the rain and mud to Laxdale. I had a little present for Maisie. Her birthday was yesterday. They were delighted with presents from you. You would have thought it well worth your while if you had seen their pleasure. The baby is pale a little and not sleeping well but the others are all well. We were home again before five and have now had tea.

I have now been a week without Maggie and am finding a good deal to do. Doubtless I will get better used to it as time goes on. Mrs. Menzies is back and has a cousin with her with white hair a Miss Dean. Mrs M. says they called on Bessie and found her so pathetically glad to see them that they thought she must have been feeling rather lonely. It is a pity Bessie’s aunt is still away. I think B. is at Saltcoats this week-end again.

We had a letter from Mr. Taylor yesterday. He says he is nearly all right now. When are you going again to see him. Take Maud with you next time.

I saw Maud’s Ma and Pa pass on Friday when Mr. J. M. happened to be in. I saw Mrs. Morison was in black. Poor Mrs. Strachan! It must be good for her to get away from her suffering. What a sad weary time she has had of it. Maud will be sorry.

We were a good deal tickled at your description of your afternoon at Mrs. Soutar. I could just fancy I saw her pushing the lads about. She’s a caution but I think is kind hearted and jolly. Be sure you don’t let too long pass without going to see Mr. & Mrs. Anderson. They were your first friends in Aberdeen you know. Take Maud with you to see the baby. I know Maud would enjoy that.

What are reading outside of your studies? Just now I am trying to make something of Dostoevsky the Russian writer but so far I am more bewildered than anything else. It seems foreign beyond words.

Anyone getting any hockey this bad weather? I suppose not. See how ever you get a good tramp every day to keep you fit with so much sitting over books. I hope to wash your skirt the first dry day.

You will see in this week’s H.N. [Highland News] the development of the salary difficulty between the teachers and the board. I think the teachers have scored but at any rate the board are a hard hearted lot. Pass it on to Maud.

Dr. Robertson is here just now. He was telling Papa how much Miss Haldane had enjoyed her visit and how much obliged he was to me and of course to Mrs. Orrock. I certainly enjoyed it too. Met Mrs. O. on way to church this morning. There are hopes of Colin getting leave soon.

Barrie on the cat board is sleeping very loud. ‘Lil’ Lissie is out.

Much love from us both to Sheann

Your loving Mother

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Archive collections assistant

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