Mamma, impressed with something she had read about the need to save flour, devoted part of the afternoon to baking oatcakes. They were quite a success; we both ate of them and no evil effects followed… Stornoway, 16th April. 1917

In this week’s short letter, Mr Gibson is expecting the arrival of Jean for Easter; he is hoping that the heavy snowfall around Aberdeen has not hindered her journey. He remains concerned as yet another teacher from the Nicolson has been called up to serve in the War, and there is no one to replace him. 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

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 16 April 1917

Jean dear,

It is now between nine and ten o’clock on Monday evening, and we are reckoning that if you have been fortunate you will now be nearing Aberdeen. With the snow that fell last night we are afraid that you will have had cold travelling. It has been very cold here all day. Mamma, impressed with something she had read about the need to save flour, devoted part of the afternoon to baking oatcakes. They were quite a success; we both ate of them and no evil effects followed.      Mr Ewen came in after tea and sat talking for a while. He had met Mr. Clark, but fortunately had refrained from asking how Bessie had got on.   

I have only gone out as far as the school and was glad to get in again. Barrie + Lil’l Lissy have had a very small share of bread-and-milk and have now unwillingly left the fireside for their cellar.

Mr. Roderick. Macrae has been called up and will have to go off on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile no substitutes emerge. I found a more recent Aberdeen University Calendar and I see in the time-table of it Prof. Soddy’s compulsory demonstration hour on Mondays at 12. So there is no need to ask Mr. Thom. I’m afraid we must just accept it as an unfortunate necessity.

Give me word of your first impressions of Prof. Thomson’s class. By the time this reaches you, you will have made a beginning. I would like well to be attending the class with you; I think from what they all say that I wd. enjoy his lectures.

We hope all the students of the Residence have enjoyed their rest and are fit. How is Miss Bruce after her vacation? Mamma says she will write Mrs. Douglas in a day or two as arranged. We hope you will have a nice time during the new term; it will not be long till it is finished.

Our best love.

Papa.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L40

Transcribed by Ceitidh Chalmers, Museum Visitor Assistant

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