On Thursday I had my drill and afterwards went with Mr. Grant to call on Sheriff Dunbar to ask him to give us a lecture so as to raise a little money for the Library. He agreed to give us an old one he has on “George Borrow, the Romany man, you will remember. Then we called at the Cottage as Dr. Murray was to be asked to give one. We stayed there talking for some time and then Mr. Grant & I had a turn round the quays talking, & so I was too late to write… Stornoway, 4th November. 1917

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 4 November 1917

Mr Gibson’s letter this week is full of the various social visits he and Mrs Gibson received during the week, including visits from the newest teachers and a local man who is on leave visiting his ill father. Potatoes and peats also get a mention as life in Stornoway at the end of 1917 continues. 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

Jean dear,

I did not get that letter written on Friday evening after all as folks were in, and I am sorry you would find your post-bag blank. A whole week of news has now to be made up. Let me see what we did.     On Wednesday Mamma was at the sewing meeting and on Thursday at Mrs. Katie Maclean’s. She’ll tell you about these when next she writes.    On Thursday I had my drill and afterwards went with Mr. Grant to call on Sheriff Dunbar to ask him to give us a lecture so as to raise a little money for the Library. He agreed to give us an old one he has on “George Borrow, the Romany man, you will remember.   Then we called at the Cottage as Dr. Murray was to be asked to give one. We stayed there talking for some time and then Mr. Grant & I had a turn round the quays talking, & so I was too late to write. I am to give one of the lectures.

Wednesday evening was Hallowe’en. Miss Maclean, Miss Angus’s successor, was having a social meeting in the James St. Hall for the country pupils & had asked us to look in. We went there for about an hour. There were about a hundred and they seemed to be enjoying themselves nicely. Roderick Fraser in his uniform was present & sang them a song when called upon. Miss M. seems to be getting on very well with them as far as I can see. She is continuing to teach the junior Latin classes in school pending Mr. Tait’s return if we can get him back, of which there is no word yet.

On Friday afternoon near stopping time Jack Anderson came in to see me at the school and I brought him home to tea. He is on leave and had come north to see his father who has been ill for some time & in the hospital.    Mamma had arranged that the new teachers were coming to tea that evening – Miss Maclean, Miss Nicolson & Miss McColl – so we had quite a little party. The hens had risen to the occasion & they were able to have fresh eggs. Jack is very fit and bright and proves good company.    He is to preach for Mr. Jenkins to-night as Mr. J. has not been very well. 

Miss Maclean had to go away early and Jack had to go up to the hospital but Miss Nicolson and Miss McColl stayed on talking and looking at photos. till near ten o’clock.   Yesterday was a good day, about the only one we have had in the last two months. I took the chance of its being dry to dig the rest of the potatoes but I missed the lifter who had bossed the former digging so nicely. Then I did my peats, read my paper, etc., and after tea we went down for our weekly look at the magazines.

Dr. Robertson is here just now having his meetings. We are losing Mrs. Menzies next week. She and Miss Dean are going south to see a sister of Mrs. Menzies’s, a nurse home from France. She will probably not be back again until Mr. M. comes home; he is expected sometime this month.    I shall be sorry to lose her from the school work. We have not found a successor yet.    The young lady who was appointed had already accepted a post elsewhere.

We got your letter on Saturday morning & Mamma read it to me while I was still in bed.    I am glad to hear that you are liking Nat. Phil. & managing it. I wd. like you to do well in it.    About the extra lab. work in Zoo, yes, you shd. take it.   The general line is, do all that you wd. do, as regards hours and work, if the class were needed for your Final B.Sc.  This shd. apply to a final exam. also if one is given to the class. If you have to put in time in lab. without supervision, I suggest that you ask Prof. T. to put you on to a simple investigation problem that you cd. carry out in the lab.  by yourself. I suppose you cd. bring yourself to ask him for that. I’ll see about “The Merchant” in due course.

Must stop – we are going to hear Jack preach.

With love from both,

Papa.

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L7

Transcribed by Margaret Smith, Museum Visitor Assistant

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