Lizzie of the milk pail went down to the P.O. this morning but there was no delivery till 12.30. The “Sheila” was not allowed to cross yesterday as the port was again closed. However, a patrol brought the mail this forenoon. All Sy. seemed to be there for its letters after church… Stornoway, 11th March. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 11 March 1917

This week, the “Sheila” was not allowed to cross, so the post was delayed and brought by the patrol boat instead. Mrs Gibson brings Jean up-to-date on the latest heavy snowfall and the emerging Spring flowers in the garden, and mentions two local boys who are currently home on leave. 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 She-ann,

Lizzie of the milk pail went down to the P.O. this morning but there was no delivery till 12.30. The “Sheila” was not allowed to cross yesterday as the port was again closed. However, a patrol brought the mail this forenoon. All Sy. seemed to be there for its letters after church. Papa got yours among several from girls in Glasgow thanking him for testimonials and each one explaining how it was that she was seeking an appointment in Lewis. Their homing instinct is very strong. One girl said £70 was not enough to live in Glasgow so she must come home.

And so you are somewhat scared about your exams. Well, there isn’t the slightest reason why you should be. As you know neither Papa nor I set too much store on passing exams. Just do your best and leave it at that, and keep cheerful as I see you are trying to do. Papa and I “ourselves calm” and quite hopeful.

Saw Mr. Clark this morning after church. He is wavering again about letting Bessie home. I spoke strongly in favour of it. So we shall see.

There is one snowdrop out in your bed, also one yellow crocus. There will be more by the time you come and the hens are laying fine. We will send you a little money during the week lest you find yourself short, also the bag. By the bye if there is anything you would like made when you are at home bring material with you, summer blouses or skirts or underwear of any kind. You will know best.

We have had quite a fall of snow since we wrote last but it is nearly all gone and today is spring like again.

Mr. Macrae goes tonight. He has just been in saying goodbye.

Last night Papa and I called on Miss Fraser. She is not better yet and has been in bed for a long time. They have let their house to the Radcliffes and are going to Borve towards the end of this month. We do hope that may help her. At present she is far from well.

Willie Payne came today. Mr. Peter Miller is home for a commission.

Papa had a letter from Dr. McKim yesterday inviting him for the Easter holidays. He says “it will be interesting to see Jean as the college girl”. He has had a dreadfully busy winter. Do you know I haven’t seen Mrs. Clark since New Year’s Day so I must be in the same case. I suppose you feel like that too.

Love from Papa and me to our poor little examinee. We both know exactly how it feels.

Your loving Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L37

Transcribed by Ceitidh Chalmers, Museum Visitor Assistant

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