Mrs. Menzies and Miss Dean came home to tea with me. On Thursday I was at afternoon tea with Miss Angus. On Friday Alick Thomson and John Allan Maciver (an engineer in the British India line married to a sister of Murdo Morison H.M.I.) came in before Papa got home to tea and stayed with us for the meal and an hour or two’s talk… Stornoway, 24th June. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 24 June 1917

It has been a busy week for Mrs Gibson as she fills in Jean with all the latest news on numerous social visits and meetings she has had, as well as more tragic news from the war effort. 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 Sheann,

Papa went down and got your letter this morning. We thought your exams. had interfered. You will be glad they are over.

Papa has been more than busy at school this last week with inspectors etc. Mr Hood is to be there tomorrow and Tuesday. I have been busy too. On Monday Dr. R. Mr. Patrick and Mr.Lang – also Mr. Ewen were here to tea. Tuesday I was cleaning up. Wednesday there was the washing and the Sewing Meeting. Mrs. Menzies and Miss Dean came home to tea with me. On Thursday I was at afternoon tea with Miss Angus. On Friday Alick Thomson and John Allan Maciver (an engineer in the British India line married to a sister of Murdo Morison H.M.I.) came in before Papa got home to tea and stayed with us for the meal and an hour or two’s talk. Before they had gone Mr. Jenkins came and later Colin and Mary and they had supper with us and did not leave until after twelve.

Yesterday we had a burst pipe in the lavatory and had the plumbers at work all day there and below in the dining room. In the evening Mr. Reid was in till after eleven. So we have been keeping some hours. Did I tell you I was up visiting Maud’s mother one day?

Papa says about your exam that it was another case of the serpent beguiling Eve. He was quite tickled.

We are having very bad weather, wet and cold. Last night indeed we had heavy hail showers. All the same it suits me better than such heat as we read of in London. Today we have the usual peat fire in the study.  I see Agnes Mackenzie going in after her Sunday evening walk and several school girls from Point have just gone by with their parcels, ready for another week.

I haven’t yet written to Greenock but must do so soon. Mr. Jenkins told us about the Principal’s son. What a tragedy to lose a second son! It brings home to one afresh what a terrible thing this war is.

Love from us both, to Sheann.

Your loving Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L58

Transcribed by Ceitidh Chalmers, Museum Visitor Assistant

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