I was at D. Maciver’s this afternoon getting the bill for the various tweeds I had got for Dr. Mc.Kim and his lady friends. It comes to £13”12”3. I was asking if they had good news from Donald when he replied “He’s upstairs”. He came home on leave and took to his bed with what they think is a touch of trench fever. It was fortunate that he had got home… Stornoway, 15th November. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 15th November 1917

In this week’s letter, Mrs Gibson has news for Jean regarding a local family who are moving to Leeds, she talks of a local lad who has returned home on leave with trench fever, and she attended a very busy exhibition displaying garments made at the Stornoway Sewing Meetings. 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,

Your letter came up to time on Tuesday morning and we were extremely interested in all your doings.  Hope you found Maud better when you saw her on Monday.  I don’t like to hear of her finding the work so hard.  I was speaking to Lily Morison today and she thinks it likely that the family will remove to Leeds in May.  It is all but settled.  She says Bee is brighter since she has gone teaching.  Stornoway will seem strange with the “J.M’s” away.

I was at D. Maciver’s this afternoon getting the bill for the various tweeds I had got for Dr.Mc.Kim and his lady friends.  It comes to £13”12”3.  I was asking if they had good news from Donald when he replied “He’s upstairs”.  He came home on leave and took to his bed with what they think is a touch of trench fever.  It was fortunate that he had got home.

I was at the exhibition of garments made by the Sewing Meeting, yesterday.  Provost Maclean made a speech and there was tea and too little room for the number of people.  Mrs. Small and I left first to make room for those out on the landing.  I met Mrs. Morison at the door and she tried to induce me to go back with her.  She said she was shy!

I understand that Mrs. Matthew Russell is married again – to that Mr. Burgess.  She has taken and furnished a flat, just opposite Mrs. Anderson according to Mrs. Small, who also says she got every stitch of her trousseau in Jenner’s.  Some style!  Papa says the good thing about it is that Gina will now have her Mother off her hands.  Isn’t he a caution?

The Literary Society – in the School started last night.  So now Papa will be out two evenings each week as a regular thing.

The painters have never come yet. The last time I asked they were all away in Tarbert Harris.  I would be glad if they would come now.

Flora and Annie and Miss Mackay, the church worker in Point were here to afternoon tea on Monday.  Miss Mackay seems a nice simple girl.  She is now living at Aird with a nurse appointed by the Medical Service Board, a Glasgow girl, and finds it all right.  She has now been a year and a half in Point so she is sticking it out pretty well.  It seems they call her in Gaelic “The Singing Lady”.  The other day a wee Free elder came and asked her to have a singing class for old men.  Wasn’t that a compliment for her?

I don’t know if you hear a sound of purring as you read but Barrie is on my lap and just over working his purrer.  He is pretty well these days.

Have you heard from Bessie I haven’t.  Glad Katie keeps on smiling.  I enclose Aunt Dean’s latest.  Much love to She-ann from her Pa and Ma and the Barrie also.

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L11

Transcribed by Vivienne Parish, Museum Visitor Assistant

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