Dr. Rennie, Mr. Lang and Mr. Patrick were here over the week end and left on Tuesday night. Mr. Patrick is just as slow and deliberate as ever and put class after class to sleep. It is difficult to think of him having been a teacher…Stornoway 20th June, 1918

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson 20th June 1918

Mrs Gibson laments the soporific teaching style of a visitor, and fears that a picnic planned at Arnish may be rained off. Battery boys are home from Salonika, and there is ongoing disgruntlement at the appointment of the new Nicolson teacher. 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 a day ahead this week which was pleasant.  You will have your Embry. exam. over now.  Was it the last of the session?  I hope so, and now you will be able to have a nice fine time to finish up.  I hear that Mrs. Morrison has gone to Aberdeen.  I suppose she will come home when Maud comes.

We are having wet stormy weather with gleams of sun between heavy showers.  Yesterday it rained steadily all day.  The teachers are proposing to have a picnic to  Arnish for Miss Miller and Miss Jemina Matheson.  It seems difficult to think of such an outing when the present weather is so bad.

Quite a number of the Battery boys are home from Salonika just now – Zadok, Malcolm Macaulay, “the Militia Man”, Kenneth Macdonald (Carloway) I have heard about.  M. Macaulay was in last night.  He and Zadok are going now for Cadet training.

Papa is just sending off the English Medal papers to Muriel.  Isn’t it a shame to give her more to do?  It is very good of her to be willing.  Sorry Jean has been off colour and hope she is all right again.

Hope you will get a nice costume.  We are sending you some more money soon so the price will be all right.

When does Maud get clear?  I suppose by now she is all right again and able to be back at her classes.  I see Adela and Gerrie still in Sy.  It seems Gerrie does not get her certif till Sept. so cannot take a place till then.

Dr. Rennie, Mr. Lang and Mr. Patrick were here over the week end and left on Tuesday night.  Mr. Patrick is just as slow and deliberate as ever and put class after class to sleep.  It is difficult to think of him having been a teacher.

I was over for a little this afternoon seeing Annie Macleod.  She is still very far from well even for her.  Her temp. last night was again 103.4.  Their servant has failed to turn up at all this week and poor old Mrs. Macleod is looking very frail.  Dina must be very much harassed with it all.

You will be sorry to hear that Mr. Milne is dead.  I had a paper from Mrs. Milne with a short account of his life and work.  Poor Mrs. M. will be quite alone as Archie is in France and Douglas is at Chatham.  Mr. Milne died in St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.

I was speaking to Annie and Flora one evening.  They are very sorry about Annice being appointed to the Nicolson.  She arrives in Sy. on Friday (tomorrow) but will not be expected to begin work til after the holidays.

Mr. Hood is to be in the school on Monday and Tuesday and Miss Littlejohn on Wednesday and that finishes inspectors for this year.  Papa has had a very hard time.  One of the first four is jolly good in English and Papa and I are much pleased.

Much love to Sheann from us both.
Your loving Ma

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L63

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Collections Assistant

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