Mrs. Macdonald from Bernera was in seeing us on Monday night. It was only that day that the two girls got in because of the snow. They are going to lodge in the last house in Bayhead. It was with the greatest difficulty that Mrs. M. got a place for them… Stornoway, 31st January. 1918

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 31st January 1918

In her letter to Jean this week, Mrs Gibson reports on more burst pipes in the school owing to the bad weather. There is also an interesting account of two pupils who needed to lodge near town to attend school. This was common for children who lived far from Stornoway at that time. 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,

We got a letter on Sunday via ‘Lil Lizzie and one this morning from the C.U. “Little and often” is very nice in letters we think and next best to “much and often” but then that sounds piggish.  We are glad you are having such a number of interesting evenings and hope you enjoy them all.  We were glad too that you were going to see Mr. Taylor.  Give him our warm regards and say that we often talk of him and long to hear from him.

We were sorry to hear of Maud’s being bilious and hope she is better.  We were speaking to her father and mother after church on Sunday morning.  Her mother has a sealskin coat and a new hat and looks quite pre war.  I don’t get used to seeing them in the U.F. church and wish the difficulty at the Estab. could be arranged somehow.  I was at the sewing meeting for half an hour yesterday for the first time this year to return my helmet and get wool.  I have finished your belt and got it washed and will send it soon.

Mrs. Macdonald from Bernera was in seeing us on Monday night.  It was only that day that the two girls got in because of the snow.  They are going to lodge in the last house in Bayhead.  It was with the greatest difficulty that Mrs. M. got a place for them.  Miss Mackenzie cannot keep them any longer which is a pity for them.

Last night we were at Dr. Murray’s lecture on “The Federation of the World.”  Papa thought it quite good.  The audience wasn’t so large as we had expected.  I was sitting beside Mrs. Harriman who was full of regrets at having been out that evening we called.

Today I have been scrubbing out the kitchen and scullery and in the evening ironing.  The prolonged bad weather has made everything in the house get into arrears.  What do you think of this for the first.  Papa was telling me that the plumber is at work in the school kitchen and the old lab. mending 14 bursts and there are many more about the premises.  I am fortunate in having none in the house.

(Just now Barrie walked across the table and sat down on top of this.  Poor Barrie!  He’s no scholar.)

Marie Maclean is evidently an applicant for Oban as Papa has a letter of enquiry from Mr. Kennedy which he is just now engaged in answering.  I saw her at the lecture last night with her father who looked very much bored.

I met Agnes Mackenzie in the post office one evening.  She was enquiring about you.  She is a nice pleasant girl and always leaves one with a warm feeling for her.  Neillie is staying with her aunt in Surrey she said.

Papa joins Barrie and me in sending love to Sheann.  By the way if you find you need any little titivation for any of those shines just plunge to that extent.

Your loving Ma

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L26

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Museum Visitor Assistant

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