On Sunday we went to church as usual in the forenoon. One of the country ministers preached – I think he was Mr. Mackay, of Lochs, but am not sure. I had a letter from Willie B. Macdonald on Sunday morning. He is at last getting his discharge and hopes to be home in a few weeks. He hopes then to resume his studies. His knee still gives him trouble. This is the second member of your class to be discharged disabled as a result of the war… Stornoway, 10th February. 1918

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 10th February 1918

In his letter to Jean this week, Mr Gibson has been out with his camera taking photos of Mrs Gibson and the famous Barrie the cat, and he promises to send them to Jean in the next letter. He also reports on two local lads who are away serving in the war, one of whom is being discharged, and there’s news of an upcoming wedding. 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,

Sunday evening in our old sitting-place, the study.  Barrie is downstairs sleeping in his chair.  The weather has continued dull with occasional sharp showers and auroral displays at night, sometimes in the middle of rainclouds.  _

11th Feb, Mon.  At that point Ex-Provost Anderson came in and by the time he went away it was past post-time and there was no chance of poor Shean getting her Sunday letter.  Too bad!

We had the second performance of Mrs. Jarley’s Waxwork on Friday evening.  To prevent congestion this time I issued tickets (without charge) and in this way gave a chance to all who had been turned away on Wednesday, and at the same time kept the audience within reasonable limits.  There were about 160 present and it came off very well.  Between the two evenings about 400 have seen the figures, so the exhibition has been well patronised.  Mamma and Mrs. Clark were together.  We were done early and Mrs. Clark and Ellis came home with us, and after something to eat and a little ceilidh we convoyed them to Coulregrein.  On Saturday forenoon Miss Nicolson had promised to take the figures’ photographs.  I took up my camera and tried one or two.  Then I developed them and the pictures of Barrie and Mamma that I had by me.  I think these have turned out not badly and I hope to be able to send you copies in the next letter.

Chores and our weekly visit to the reading-room filled in the rest of the day.  Mamma had already earlier in the evening had a foraging raid down the town with good success.  How is Aberdeen getting on for supplies these days?

On Sunday we went to church as usual in the forenoon.  One of the country ministers preached – I think he was Mr. Mackay, of Lochs, but am not sure.  I had a letter from Willie B. Macdonald on Sunday morning.  He is at last getting his discharge and hopes to be home in a few weeks.  He hopes then to resume his studies.  His knee still gives him trouble.  This is the second member of your class to be discharged disabled as a result of the war.  Another letter I had was from Matthew Russell.  He had moved up country in Macedonia to near where the Battery boys are.  He is keeping well and standing the life well.  Dr. Robertson was in visiting us at school on Friday and again to-day.  I think he is crossing to Harris to-morrow.

Miss Lillian Macleod was telling me to-day that she is resigning at Easter as she is to be married then.

The news about Mr. Macfarquhar (Annie’s father) on Saturday night was that he was rather better then.  Provost Maclean’s wife is very ill.

I forgot to say that on Sunday we were talking to Wm. D. Mackenzie, the Ex-Provost’s son who is home on leave for a few days.  He is taller than ever and is looking fit and well.

We hope that “swot” of Nat. Phil. came off well.  I note that you are on to the Electricity.  The experiments I am sure are fine.  Shall I send you Jamieson’s book or have you enough matter?  We are interested in the Fishery lectures.  I am sure you, as a Lewisinan (SIC), will find them specially interesting.

By-the-way, were you not in error in supposing that Dr. Fulton and Prof. Fulton, of the Faculty of Theology, are the same man?  They have different initials, I notice.

How are Prof. Jack’s lectures going this week?  I am enclosing the notes I told you of from Prof. Bradley’s book.  They are valuable.  Read the sections in the order of the blue figures.

With our best love,

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L29

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Museum Visitor Assistant

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