CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/1/19
TitleLetter from Maggie Gray to Robert Laws
Date23 October 1873
Extent5 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Maggie Gray, Miss Parks' house, Crimond, to Robert Laws, regarding visit of fisherwoman and impression that haddock is a luxury; meeting with minister at school; mention of some 'disagreeable' report made about her; minister a good preacher but a bad parish visitor; said to be unhappy at home; family details of Dr. Irvine's children; reflections on the parish 'gossip'; walk with Etta to Loch Strathbaig; description of boat house; domestic evening; uncomfortable at church with people staring at her; good sermon; reluctance to become friends with Miss Seymour; visit of Robertson's Uncle George from Lonmay; reading 'Sturgeon'; Edith Robertson ill through eating apples - potential cause of diphtheria at school, to which pupils very much subject; Uncle George has taught for forty years, twenty at Lonmay; story of the Lonmay beadle scaring the children to school; difficulty finding her way home in the dark; bad weather; difficulty in keeping two classes occupied; temper of Robertson and a caning incident; her refusal to use the cane; Edith now suffering from jaundice - a sweet child; anecdote of Edith bringing a hen into the drawing room; his parcel; parting from him; lodging expenses (she pays 3/9 including fire, and buys her own candles rather than use paraffin lamps); assurance that God will help in his work; problems with families not inclined towards Bible study; risk of letters being discovered at Crimond.
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