There was a tea in school on Friday in Miss Harper’s depart. for Mr Rod. Macrae. He goes off this week on service. He is taking his father and mother who are both invalids down to his aunt at Back… Doldina is leaving Tolsta and is going to Sandwick… Isobel Ross has resigned but I don’t know whether it is for her mother’s sake or with the prospect of getting married. Miss Lena Harrold has been appointed to Miss Mair’s place… Stornoway 15th Dec. 1916

Mrs Gibson’s letter is this week full of detail about staff changes at the school and house moves in various parts of Lewis, as well as a reference to a lucky escape for a mother and baby from a torpedoed ship. The next in our selection of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. If you have any comments please contact us: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Dear Jean,

Sunday night again and Papa and the “small cats” and I are as usual by the study fire. It has been a day of downpour and I have not been out at all. Papa was at church as usual. Yesterday we had quite a nice bright day. If you had the same in Aberdeen it would be nice for going out to Cults. Today I suppose Maud and you are at the Andersons. I had a note from Mrs. Anderson the other day. Like me she evidently hates letter writing. What is the name of the Anderson’s baby? I don’t think we ever heard.

There was a tea in school on Friday in Miss Harper’s depart. for Mr Rod. Macrae. He goes off this week on service. He is taking his father and mother who are both invalids down to his aunt at Back. Someone was saying that this aunt is to get living in the police station as it is empty just now the Macarthurs having retired and gone to live at Steinish in the house next to that in which the Burnses sometimes stay. Doldina is leaving Tolsta and is going to Sandwick so she will be able to live at home. Isobel Ross has resigned but I don’t know whether it is for her mother’s sake or with the prospect of getting married. Miss Lena Harrold has been appointed to Miss Mair’s place. Isn’t it a pity about Miss Fraser having to resign? She has not been keeping well and of course with her school work and worry had no chance. Her brother in America indeed wanted her to resign last year. I do hope the rest and treatment may set her right again.

There was a B.W.T.A. social on Friday evening and I was there. Mr. Rod. Morison was in the chair and Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Gillan supported him with Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Menzies. The programme was very good. Mrs. Aldridge sang twice very delightfully. I had not heard her before. Mrs. C.G. also sang nicely but at too great length. Miss Dina Macleod, Mr J.P. Anderson and Mr. Grant were some of the others. Mrs. Dr. Murray was to have given a reading but she didn’t come. Speaking of Mrs. Murray she told me the other night that she was so sorry to have missed you in Aberdeen. You had just gone from the Rennies when she called there.

How many of the Sy. girls are coming home at Christmas? Papa is not sure yet what we will do. There was some talk of an educ. reform congress in Glasgow and we thought of going but no intimation has been made yet. We will let you know at once when we hear. Which would you really prefer yourself?

Miss Angus was in calling one afternoon. She is going south this week to a continuation of that conference she wrote about in the News(?) magazine and of course will not return till after the holidays. Did you know that her sister’s ship was torpedoed and she lost eve-rything. It was good she and the baby escaped with their lives. Miss Angus hears often from Katie Smith. Katie wrote that she had been lunching with Miss Macphail and Miss Cowan. Miss Angus says Katie is deliriously happy and charmed with everything. But I expect you hear from her yourself.

Mrs. Provost Maclean called here yesterday. I expect she was wondering not to see me at the sewing meetings as she had not heard I had not been well. She is a nice kind woman I think.

I was at Dannie Maciver’s again about my coat but he had only three pieces of tweed none of which I liked. So I am stuck. I haven’t touched the blouses as my head is not steady enough for sewing yet. The material is very pretty.

Papa joins in sending his love with mine. He is writing something in educ. I think. Barrie and Lyssie are wrapt(?) in slumber.

Your loving Mother.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L15

Transcript by Hazel Tocock, Museum Visitor Assistant

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