CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/1/85
TitleLetter from Maggie Gray to Robert Laws
Date19 October 1874
Extent6 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Maggie Gray, Miss Pennycuick's, 26, High Street, GalashielsighHigh, to Robert Laws, regarding completing the school log book; attending the children's service in the Corn Exchange; a large attendance but the hall only half-filled; worries over discharging her own responsibilities to the children; best scholar is Mary Jamieson; another named Maggie Darling; disappointment at end of serial in paper; possibility of using Free Library; writing to Mary and mother about pupil teachers, etc.; getting a voucher signed by Mr. Milne, ironware merchant, to say she is a fit person to use the library; more time to read as few for the evening class; Mr. Coldwell teaches 30 young men in the evenings; the School Board had forgotten that Bridge Place School, where she teaches, is held in the Masonic Hall and that is busy in the evenings; she wants to keep busy and not think of herself, but this is a vanity; Mary volunteering to become her pupil teacher in order to become independent of brother Robert; Miss Milne teasing her about her writing; walking with her in the afternoon; beautiful surroundings on walk to Officer with account of absentees; Robert wishes Mary to go to the Normal School; Maggie will bring the case before the Board now that it is decided that her school will not be a Government one; Miss Shillington sitting exam for advancement which she is sure to pass but the Government will not pay her salary; 60 is the limit of pupils for one certified teacher and one pupil teacher and they have now a roll of 80 to 90; it might be better for the school and Miss Shillington if she moved elsewhere to work, perhaps in Mr. Coldwell's school, the Gala school, as Miss Milne is thinking of leaving; that might leave room for Mary; an inspection is due; lack of opportunity for her own examination in order to get her certificate; Mary does not like teaching and her pleasure is surprising; urging her to practise her music as it would improve her opportunities; wishing for independence for Amy, too; reflecting that they have been brought up in a hard school; Mary likely not to get into a Normal School without much more preparation; brother Robert is to be in Edinburgh to sit his exams and may come to Galashiels; preparing sewing for school; Robert's nomination for a bursary; comfortable situation; crowded prayer meetings; results of contemplating scriptural passage [last page may not fit with this letter].
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