CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/1/25
TitleLetter from Maggie Gray to Robert Laws
Date21 November 1873
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Maggie Gray, Miss Parks' house, Crimond, to Robert Laws, mentioning problems with smoking fire; helping Christina Park with lessons; church choir including Miss Club, the precentor's daughter, a pupil teacher just finishing at Rosehearty and Miss Querrie, lead contralto at North Parish Church, Aberdeen; choir stalls overcrowded; reaction to Dr. Irvine's sermon; afternoon with the Parks; visits to the sick of the village including Julia Mitchell who has to leave for Aberdeen following the death of her mother; description of her house with a hole in the roof; visit to elderly woman, Auld Jul, and hearing her stories, including one of threatening to cut out a man's tongue with her husband's tailoring shears for swearing; account of old Sunday School run by Mr. Boyd (of Mackie Place, Aberdeen) and his daughter, at which the Auld Jul learned to read, so that she taught children at home; looked after by Nellie, a relative - both on the Parochial Board; visit to Eppie and talk of the accidental death of the carrier, Mitchell; visit to Miss Jaffray relating to a pig-killing; description of old house; old woman's story of soot as disinfectant; evening at school house; surprise to hear Robertson say that Jesus was born at Nazareth; greetings from family; news of Davie's marriage.
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