Aleck Thomson and Jane called on Wed. evening, after having been at the Castle garden party. We made ceilidh and learned a good deal about the fighting. Aleck is wearing the M.C., O.C.M, and Mons ribbons – the last the first I had seen… Stornoway 15th Sep. 1918

Mr Gibson describes a visit during which he observes a Mons ribbon medal, and hears news of fighting. Cousin George has been hospitalised with the flu; Barrie the cat maintains his schedule of snoozing. 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,

The family have been spending the Sunday evening round the study fire – Barrie on the big chair on a paper, snoozing most comfortably, Mamma reading Hardy, and Papa one of Michael Sadler’s Education reports.  We were glad to hear that you were enjoying yourself in spite of the weather.  To-night a storm seems to be blowing up, so there is not much chance of John’s being able to go to Little Bernera, I’m afraid.

On Wednesday Miss Finlay had an interview with me in the forenoon, and in the afternoon I arranged to let her speak to the children.  She made three speeches in 40 mins – to the Elem. pupils in the Infant Hall, to those in the Springfield Bld., and to those in the Francis St. Bld.  Spoke well, good enunciation.

Aleck Thomson and Jane called on Wed. evening, after having been at the Castle garden party.  We made ceilidh and learned a good deal about the fighting.  Aleck is wearing the M.C., O.C.M, and Mons ribbons – the last the first I had seen.  Mamma arranged for them to come to tea on Friday evening, but they did not turn up, owing (as we learned when we met them on Cromwell St. on Sat.) to some friends having come in from Coll.

On Saturday forenoon I dug potatoes at the Manse, and we had a little walk in the evening finishing up at the Reading-room.  To-day, church and short walk, very cold, fireside since.  We had a letter from your cousin George, which explained the reason of his silence.  He has been in hospital for ten days with influenza (Grippe he calls it).  He’ll come north when he gets leave after getting clear of hospital.

We hope Chrissie will come back with you and then you can show her the beauties of Stornoway as she has done for you in Uig.

Our best love

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64ii L67

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Collections Assistant

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