Mr. Maciver, Tong, came in the other evening to tell us that Frank was in hospital at Tonbridge Wells – gassed. They had heard twice from the hospital about him but that day they had had a short note from himself. Mr. Maciver’s mother was buried on Tuesday. Her heart had been very bad for a long time… Stornoway, 2nd May. 1918

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 2nd May 1918

This week’s news from Mrs Gibson to Jean includes some of the activities her and Mr Gibson have undertaken, as well as various encounters with friends and acquaintances throughout the week. She also has some updates from a few local lads away at war. 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 ‘lil Sheann,

We were glad to get your letter and to hear all about your walks and talks.  I envied you seeing the anemones.  You must be on the outlook for the blue hyacinths towards the end of this month.  I always carry in my memory a picture of a wood just past the old castle on the way to Inverkip where I once saw all the ground under the trees blue, blue with them.  If the good weather holds I hope you may see many beautiful places this summer to tell us about. 

Papa has now finished most of his planting.  There was a half-holiday yesterday and he and Mr. Ewen went down after dinner.  I went down later and sat in the garden while they worked.  Mrs. Menzies had been out for an errand but when she returned she and I went to a seat in front of the house to talk and knit.  She insisted on Papa and me staying to tea.  We came away in time to let them go to the prayer meeting.  We came home via lower Sandwick and back by the beach.  Today I was ironing after dinner when Mrs. Menzies arrived on her cycle.  She stayed on and had tea with us in the kitchen.  She has now got a cow and came in to let me know that she could let us have some milk daily.  Isn’t that nice?  I like Mrs. M. very much, as I know you do also.  May all good attend her!

Mrs. Aeneas was over visiting me the other evening and having a long talk.  She is looking old and tired and is a bit apprehensive about her new post.  I was encouraging her and saying I was sure it would turn out well.

Mr. Maciver, Tong, came in the other evening to tell us that Frank was in hospital at Tonbridge Wells – gassed.  They had heard twice from the hospital about him but that day they had had a short note from himself. Mr. Maciver’s mother was buried on Tuesday.  Her heart had been very bad for a long time.

I suppose Papa told you about Mr. J.P. Anderson being wounded.  He expects to be in France again before long.  Ex Provost Anderson was in on Sunday night and reported Charlie and Jack still safe and well.   Mrs. A. is now in her new house at Portobella and Jamie digging in his kail yaird. Oh! I hope it may do him good poor boy! 

Mr. Anderson (of the bees) was at tea with us on Sunday and sat talking till he and the ex pro. left together.  He was telling us that the Macdonell’s leave Sy. for good and all this month so that Cathie will probably not be back again.

Hope your costume and hat will be nice.  There is more money if you require it so see you get what you need for the summer.

Papa has just come in shorn – I hardly knew him! but the voice is the same.

Love from the de-camoflaged one and from your Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L50

Transcribed by Vivienne Parish, Museum Visitor Assistant

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