CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/1/43
TitleLetter from Maggie Gray to Robert Laws
Date3 March 1874
Extent3 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Maggie Gray, The School House, Crimond, to Robert Laws, regarding opportunity to write; Mr. Robertson gone to Lonmay to hear the results of the school inspection there; collecting parcel at the Mill which had come by one of their carts; cold weather but good sunset; missing him; Mr Cock of Rathen preaching; good preaching by Dr. Irvine; Mr. Campbell of Lonmay soon to go to Crathie; call to Mr. McLaren of Fraserburgh politely declined; possibility of calling Mr. Adam, a young man from Edinburgh; great loss at sea during past storm - a foreign ship with a loss of 15 men; survivor unable to make himself understood; the Gordons of Cairnies taking their German governess to meet him to see if he was German; misdirection of letters; deaths at Robert's hospitals; his cold; her sister Mary's visit to his mother in Summer Street; [continued in pencil] staying warm in Mrs.Robertson's bedroom with Etta after letting the fire go out; Mr. Robertson late back and probably drunk; his state at breakfast; death of local bellman; case of young man Mackie, an apprentice engineer in Aberdeen, with scarlet fever, and the carelessness of letting it spread through his family; Dr. Duncan's only remedy is cod liver oil; other doctors not much better; Etta's piano playing a distraction; how his letters bring her into contact with the wickedness of the world through his accounts of his work; Mrs. Robertson explaining about Mr. Robertson's late hours and her worry over his absence; Mr. Robertson too harsh to his wife; Mary at the Tract Distributions social evening; enclosing her letter; nine bodies washed ashore and buried at St. Comb's Church - a British crew with one Norwegian saved.
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