Papa has gone out to a meeting of his library comtee to see what can be done in the circumstances “to carry on”. He thinks they ought at least to get temporary premises and continue the reading room. He also is anxious to know what is to be done for a home for the poor Stevens… Stornoway, 4th March. 1918

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 4th March 1918

News of the fire in Stornoway continues in Mrs Gibson’s letter to Jean this week. Mr Gibson has been at a meeting to try and see what can be done to help the situation. Mrs Gibson also reports to Jean on how it is thought the fire may have started. 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,

Just a line to ask you how “the mump” goes on and how you are putting in the time. We are wearying to hear from you again.

Papa has gone out to a meeting of his library comtee to see what can be done in the circumstances “to carry on”. He thinks they ought at least to get temporary premises and continue the reading room. He also is anxious to know what is to be done for a home for the poor Stevens. The parents and the little boy are with the widow Murray and the girls some where else but of course this cannot continue.

Mrs. Orrock told me yesterday that they had a small cask of whisky which had come by the steamer for Mrs. Platt and which at her request they were giving house room for safety. Some bad boys – the Sy. apaches I suppose got this and broached it and made themselves tipsy and sold the remainder at 1/- a bottle in Cromwell St. Mr. O. is in great trouble about his papers (estate) some of which are missing. If only they had just sat still in their house and carried the office contents in there they would have been all right. But everybody seems to have lost his head and small wonder. It seems the fire started in the big hall. Some one went in and lighted the stove, I suppose as usual and came away. Something must have gone wrong and the fire was well caught before observed by Mr. D.J. Macleod.

Love to the dear little invalid from her Pa & Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L36

Transcribed by Hazel Tocock, Museum Visitor Assistant

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