Did Papa tell you that she and Miss Isabel Mackenzie are going to take a teacher’s work between them, which will leave Papa still 5 teachers short. Mr. Colin J, Mr. Ewen and Mr. Tait are left so far but will to be appealed for from time to time. If only the war would end! You will be sorry to hear that poor May Macfarlane has lost her other brother in this last push. He was in the Canadians… Stornoway, 29th April. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson, 29 April 1917

In this week’s letter, there is news of a large meeting in favour of Prohibition to be held in the Town Hall, which Mr and Mrs Gibson will attend. Mrs Gibson also remarks on her grief following the death of their cat Lissie, and is concerned after Barry, their other cat, takes a turn for the worse. 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,

Sunday night again!  Mrs. Menzies has just been in getting her time-table for tomorrow.  Did Papa tell you that she and Miss Isabel Mackenzie are going to take a teacher’s work between them, which will leave Papa still 5 teachers short.  Mr. Colin J, Mr. Ewen and Mr. Tait are left so far but will to be appealed for from time to time.  If only the war would end!  You will be sorry to hear that poor May Macfarlane has lost her other brother in this last push.  He was in the Canadians.

I have had no reply yet from Mrs. D. but will tell you what she says when she writes.  Glad you got a hat.  I suppose you will get a second one – a summery one later on.  When you get your money out send us your bank book to put some more in for you.

Mr. Colin J. and Mrs Maciver, Mrs. Ewen and Mr. Jenkins were here on Friday night.  Mrs. E. came to tea and the others came later and they did not go away till 12.30.  I did not get to bed till after two as I read The Scotsman after they had gone.  Wasn’t that folly!  I was quite played out on Saturday.

Mrs. Small and Mrs. A. Morrison called here for me last Monday to go down to the Manse which we did and stayed to tea.  Mrs. M’s legs are not very well.

Papa told you about my poor little Lissie, and I know you would be very sorry.  Barry had two kittens and I was afraid he was going to die too.  He could take no food not even milk and could not clean himself he was so weak and could not sleep.  But he has gradually improved and seems all right again, to our great relief.

Poor ‘Lil’ Lissie was buried under the flowering currant and I never pass without giving him a loving thought.

There is to be a great meeting in favour of prohibition in the Town Hall tomorrow night and Papa and I hope to go.

Buy me a pair of gloves please, suede, smoke colour size 6¼.  Also a pair of silk gloves if you can get them. Thick same colour.  Have not seen your scarf.  Treat yourself to a new one I was awfully tired of the other any way.  Get a good one – it lasts so long.  Also a pair of smoke stockings for me.  I haven’t got my frock yet and won’t she says till June.

Love from us both to our She-ann.

Your loving Ma

Take your “cod” [liver oil?] regularly like a dear.  M.  [Italics written in margin]

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L43

Transcribed by Dawn Macdonald, Archive collections assistant

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