At to-day’s meeting Willie B., Willie Payne, and Frank Maciver were present. Poor Frank is very far from well – he was badly gassed and his eyes and chest are still suffering… Barrie is fairly well, and at present curled up on the cat-board. … Stornoway, 4th Jul. 1918

Extract of letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 4th July 1918

Mr Gibson laments the lack of equal gender representation at a Masonic concert. He also describes the unfortunate after-effects of gassing on the wellbeing of an acquaintance; Barrie the cat, however, is in reasonable health. 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,

Mamma is busy ironing, so I am writing instead.  School closed to-day with the usual informal meeting in the Springfield Bld. and the reading of the Merit List.

We got your p.c. and find that you have not been keeping your family half-posted.  We understood you were going to Glassaugh on Wednesday; you went on Tuesday.  I sent the money (£10) on Saturday, expecting it would reach you on Tuesday.  You have not made clear to us the rest of your programme.  I am supposing you are going back to Abd. after the Conference to be at Jean M.’s graduation.  Is that correct?  And when do you come home?

Now for the week’s news.  Bessie and Ellis were in on Sunday evening after church and had tea with Mamma in the kitchen.  Miss Isabel Mackenzie was in for a short time after forenoon church.  Her brother Angus was home for a few days.  On Tuesday afternoon was the Market, but, for a wonder, the weather was good.  “Zadok” was in seeing us, also Duncan Macleod, the lad who was in the White Sea last year.  The latter is patrolling now from Shields.  On Wednesday evening Miss Bald and Miss Mitchell, two of the new teachers, and Miss Isabel, were in to tea.  We went to the Masonic concert later, in the Picture House, male voices only, and in aid of Red Cross funds – only 2/- tickets.  Between 600 and 700 present, quite successful, thought it would have been none the worse of an occasional lady’s voice.  Lord Leverhulme was in the chair.  We left before the end and refreshed our lungs by taking Miss B. and Miss Mitchell to the top of Knock-nan-Uan.  We got back before eleven o’clock.

At to-day’s meeting Willie B., Willie Payne, and Frank Maciver were present.  Poor Frank is very far from well – he was badly gassed and his eyes and chest are still suffering.  He is to go away again on Sunday night.  Mrs. Clark and Bessie were in to-day before dinner seeing Mamma.  Barrie is fairly well, and at present curled up on the cat-board.

Love from both.  Hope you are enjoying yourself.

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64ii/L66

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Collections Assistant

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