We have been out to Laxdale for the evening and I have left Mamma and George there while I came home to write you … We have found him very interesting and have been much pleased to have the chance of getting to know him … Stornoway 22nd Nov. 1918

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 22nd November 1918

Mr Gibson and the Library Committee have appointed a new librarian; Mr and Mrs Gibson have been enjoying spending time with Jean’s Canadian cousin George, and Mr Gibson passes on a feline kiss from Barrie the cat. 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,

We have been out to Laxdale for the evening and I have left Mamma and George there while I came home to write you. Barrie is sitting upon the table to help me as he used to help you with your lessons. He has just given me a nice little lick which I don’t doubt is meant for you.

George will leave either on Sunday night or on Tuesday night, depending on when his warrant reaches him. He will communicate with you, either by telegram or otherwise, on the forenoon of the day following his arrival in Aberdeen.

You can be thinking out what you can show him in Aberdeen. Will there be any chance of your being able to let him meet Mr. Taylor? We have told him of a hotel to go to when his train arrives. He will not, I expect, be able to spend more than two days, as he proposes to see also Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Greenock, and has only a week in which to do it all. We have found him very interesting and have been much pleased to have the chance of getting to know him.

We were amused at the half-dozen turn out at the Chemi. class after the armistice holiday. We heard from the newspaper of the bogus intimation that had been made that the classes would not meet. I am glad that you were not one of those to be “taken in.”

We have been spending the days in the same way – Mamma hard at work, myself spending the forenoons at school and taking a stroll with George in the afternoon, then the three of us playing dummy whist in the evening. On Thursday evening I had a meeting of the Library Committee and we appointed a Librarian a Mr. Berry of Edinburgh. I hope he’ll be able to come. I have not been able to find time this week to dig any potatoes.  I must try to make up next week. Nor any reading! And that is a more remarkable circumstance!

They say Lord Leverhulme comes to-morrow night. So there will be a subject for conversation again.

I have not heard anything about “Alma Mater” yet. Has it begun its activities? If you are able to take a share the experience will be very valuable. You didn’t learn the proof-correcting yet, but we can do that at the Xmas vacation.

The days have been dry this week, but grey and windy. George was wanting to get snapshots to take away with him, but the light has not been suitable. Perhaps he may get some yet.

Now, good night, and best love.

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64iii/L12

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Archives Assistant

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