You will be sorry to hear that Norrie Crichton was killed in action about ten days ago in France. It is a dreadful blow to his father and mother. Mr. Peter Miller is off to France this week; everybody one knows seems now to be getting sucked into the whirlpool of the war. Stornoway, 24th Nov. 1916

This week, Mr Gibson reports further sad news from the Front, the Literary Society debates the idea of a Channel Tunnel and the first meeting of the British Womens’ Temperance Association is mentioned.

Jean dear,

I am sorry that you will be disappointed in not getting my letter on your Saturday morning as usual. The “lower brain” is not yet in proper working order about the letters and last night passed without my realising that it was Thursday. Poor She-an, I am sorry.

Let me see what the week’s news has been. Mr. Tait was away at Fort George on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. He is back at school to-day; they had put him in the Medical Group B(1), the same one as Mr. Roderick Macrae is in. I had to keep his work going while he was away, and had some Horace and Vergil [sic] lessons with VI and V and Caesar’s Invasion of Britain with III.B. He seemed to have quite enjoyed his trip. I don’t think there has been anything fresh in school. Their Literary meeting this week had a Debate on the Channel Tunnel. I was not up, having some school writing to do, but I believe they got on all right. The majority in the vote were against its construction.

Mamma herself will tell you about the first of the new Sewing Meetings and also about the first meeting of the B.W.T.A. [British Women’s Temperance Association]. On Thursday we had our usual drill – pouring weather, so we had it in the Infant hall. This morning there was quite a downpour, but it cleared up in the forenoon, though it has showered occasionally since. We were down in the evening to see the magazines, and have just got back after our weekly dissipation with very cold feet if with freshly filled heads.

You will be sorry to hear that Norrie Crichton was killed in action about ten days ago in France. It is a dreadful blow to his father and mother. Mr. Peter Miller is off to France this week; everybody one knows seems now to be getting sucked into the whirlpool of the war.

We had a letter this last week from Mr Gauld, the architect from Aberdeen who knew Mr. Taylor you will remember and he asks you to call on them. I enclose his letter; you will see the address. Mamma suggests that when you go you should take Maud as Mr. Gauld knows some of her people. I also enclose Aunt Dean’s letter. You will see from it that civic dinners do not agree with your “pore Oncle.”

I have been giving back exam. results – Connie Funnell is 1st in her class, Elsie is 5th in hers, and Mary Burns is 5th again. I never knew anyone who kept her place as steadily as she has done. Max was first this time. 

I had a letter from Isabella Campbell to-day. She had evidently felt a bit lonely at first but is getting on better now. Willie Payne (did we mention?) is on a torpedo-boat somewhere in the North Sea as a Surgeon Probationer. He is a poor sailor unfortunately, so has been having rather a rough time in the recent storms. There was some very wild weather here last week end, as with you at Aberdeen.

We were asking Ellice to-day about Bessie, and whether they were hearing from her, and E. said they had had a twenty-page letter from her this week. That was some length, wasn’t it?

Mamma has been reading a novel by the Russian writer Dostoevsky, and in that connection as “lil’l Lissy” is a Russian we have renamed him “Dostoevsky”. Dear old fellow, he is well. He stole a slice of margarine to-day. The “little nipper” has been doing well and Barrie had a mouse yesterday and also one to-day. In these times of forced economy he finds them most welcome. Both B and L.L. are well, though I cannot add that the latter is “doing well” in view of the “maggie” lapse of which I have told you.

At this point Mamma insists on my taking my bread-and-milk.

With love from both, Papa.

Transcribed by Barry Shelby, Museum Visitor Assistant

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