Charles Morrison’s Diary, 9 to 15 February 1863

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Watercolour sketch by Gina G. Morrison, 18 June 1898

Monday 9th February

Received a large quantity of meal from Dalkeith tonight. I saw Miss Miller and – – – I went home with – – – and received her likeness.

Tuesday 10th February

Business pretty good. There was a row today in the Lews Hotel about the Sale of the Quay dues and it had to be put off

[NOTE: The Foreshore Dispute. In 1862 Sir James Matheson purchased foreshore of Stornoway Bay from the Crown for £400. As well as attempting to restrict usage of private piers, he also asserted rights over the ‘Old Quay’ or ‘Big Quay’ (built in 1817 by public subscription and hitherto managed by a committee). When Matheson’s chamberlain, Donald Munro, advertised the dues for sale it caused a public outcry. This led eventually, in 1864, to the establishment of the Stornoway Pier and Harbour Commission]

Wednesday 11th February

Very stormy A meeting in the Hall about the Quays. Trade very slack.

Thursday 12th February

Business a little brisker today.

Friday 13th February

Dry day not much doing Wrote a letter to Jno Robertson and Lexy.

Saturday 14th February

Fine dry day. Seen A. Murray Harris.

Sunday 15th February

Mr Graham in the morning preached from Phillipians 1st chapter 6th verse Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. he shewed the work and the nature of the work of grace in the heart. In the afternoon Mr Mckenzie from John 3 chapter 16th verse For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. He shewed the nature object proof & fruit of God’s love to the world. In the evening Mr Graham from Revn 7th Chap 13 to 16th verse. He shewed the church in its militant & triumphant state.

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