Our great event this week has been the teachers’ case before the Appeal Tribunal. I was up at the court this afternoon from 3 to 6, and you will be glad to hear that it has at length been decided in our favour. They get exemption conditional on their remaining in their present employment… Stornoway, 7th November. 1917

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 7th November 1917

In Mr Gibson’s short note to Jean this week, he has good news regarding the keeping of the teachers. In his previous letters, Mr Gibson has often talked about the difficulty with staffing at the school as the war effort has called for most of his male teachers. Thus, this latest news is very welcome. 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,

This is a note to make up for the missing one of last week. We were pleased that in the preliminary canter essay you had done so well. It is very encouraging to start off so.    I was attracted by the essay on “Chaucer as Observer”. That is the one which wd. have given scope for scholarly treatment that wd. stand out from the rank & file. It is a pity your want of time prevented you from taking it.    These things, however, can’t be helped.

Our great event this week has been the teachers’ case before the Appeal Tribunal. I was up at the court this afternoon from 3 to 6, and you will be glad to hear that it has at length been decided in our favour. They get exemption conditional on their remaining in their present employment.    Mrs. Menzies’ time in school was up on Monday, and I was just exercising myself over the week-end as to what ever we cd.  do when she went.   On Monday morning when on my way to school, however, I saw what seemed a familiar figure coming up Francis St. Sure enough, a second look convinced me it was Mr. Tait, looking more fit than I had ever seen him do.  The Army Council have placed him in the Reserve and have let him resume his school duties. This has allowed me to put Miss Maclean on to Mrs. Menzies work & has thus got me temporarily out of the difficulty.     My lecture is to be on “Things that Matter”, and to be given on 19th December.     Mamma is to write you to-morrow night. She is going to take Thursday now and leave Sunday to me. This will suit us both better. You did not mention yet whether your Nat. Phil. is to take up Sound, Light, etc. or Mag.m & Electry.

Our best love, including that of B. D. who is here on his board.

Papa                        

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L8

Transcribed by Margaret Smith, Museum Visitor Assistant

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