Yesterday evening I was up at a men’s party at the Castle. The most interesting thing was a discussion between Admiral Boyle, Lord Leverhulme & Sheriff Dunbar, on Free Trade… Leverhulme’s illustrations drawn from various businesses were very interesting …Lord L. has just published a volume of addresses, of which he has kindly sent me a copy. It was just as well, as the price is 12/6… Stornway 27th Nov. 1918

Extract from letter from Mr Gibson to Jean Gibson 27th November 1918

Mr Gibson has dined at the Castle with Lord Leverhulme, where free trade was debated; he has also discussed equality of opportunity with cousin George’s friend Mr Macaulay. Mr and Mrs Gibson have fond memories of George’s visit.  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,

Your card to hand this morning. That looks a somewhat busy programme you indicate. George left Stornoway last night, which reminds me that he forgot his ration book which I now enclose to you, so that by passing it on to him you may save him from being starved in a land of plenty.

His visit gave Mamma and me much pleasure. We hope he will enjoy his visit to Aberdeen and to the other towns in Scotland he means to stop at. One wd like him to take away with him a good impression of Scotland.

He and his friend Mr. Macaulay and I walked down on Monday evening to the shell beach. It looked quite as you know it, with its miles of beautifully smoothed brown sand and the up-curling breakers and white smother of foam. It is a very fine spot. On our walk back we had an interesting talk on inequality of opportunity.

Yesterday evening I was up at a men’s party at the Castle. The most interesting thing was a discussion between Admiral Boyle, Lord Leverhulme & Sheriff Dunbar, on Free Trade. The Admiral is not much of a debater. I rather think he wd have been the better of one of your study circles. Leverhulme’s illustrations drawn from various businesses were very interesting. I was back home shortly after ten o’clock.

Lord L. has just published a volume of addresses, of which he has kindly sent me a copy. It was just as well, as the price is 12/6.

A quiet day to-day.  Fraser Rose called in the morning on his way home from hospital where he has been for a long time – one leg lame owing to sciatica or something of that kind. He is about to get his discharge and is likely to go in for medicine. I am to try to get his Leaving Certif. from the Dept.

Then John Mackenzie and I went down to the Manse and dug up my carrots and parsnips & some potatoes. Then home with a bucketful; shower on the way. We have had a very quiet evening reading – quite missing George and our game of dummy whist. Barrie spent a long time on the arm of Mamma’s chair. He is now curled up on the hearthrug.

[There was a hat that you, with Maud’s assistance, were to select and send to Mamma. I am thinking you have forgotten it. Perhaps Saturday would serve.]

Lawrence Bain is home just now; he’s coming to tea on Friday evening. Ellis coming in to-morrow (Thanksgiving Day). Hope the prompting will get on well. Our remembrances to George.

With best love.

Papa

Ref: 1992.50.64iii/L14

Transcribed by Dawn MacDonald, Archives Assistant

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