Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 June 1863

Untitled Lewis Loch

Untitled watercolour by Gina G. Morrison, 20 June 1900

Monday 1st June

Robert Gerrie went away tonight. I had a walk with Christina down to the well and back and then we had a long conversation about the obstacles in the way and also got her promise and which I hope will be all right.

Tuesday 2nd June

A fine day. A pretty fair fishing. I was very busy today Angus not being able to come out with a sore leg.

Wednesday 3rd June

A fair fishing. I had a letter from Kate.

Thursday 4th June

The fishing light. A fine day and kept pretty busy.

Friday 5th June

I got up this morning at 5 o’clock. I sold a large quantity of meal it was half past one before I got to breakfast and received 100 Bolls oatmeal from Aberdeen. Angus was able to come to the shop today. I saw Christina at night.

Saturday 6th June

A fair fishing. A beautiful day this is the second anniversary of the opening of our shop and have every reason to be thankful business seems to be increasing.

Sunday 7th June

In the morning Mr Leith preached from the 4th chapter of Phillipians 6th & 7th verses Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your regrets be made known unto God And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. In the afternoon Mr Irvine of Falkirk preached from the 16th verse of the second chapter of the Song of Solomon My beloved is mine and I am his. In the evening Mr Leith from the 14th verse of the 3rd chap of Phillipians I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.

Monday 8th June

Mr McIver Probationer lost his passage on the steamer I heard it was to Dornoch he was going but afterwards I heard not. I saw Christina and had a conversation with her about M. McM.

Tuesday 9th June

A most melancholy accident happened this morning as George McKay fisherman from Port Skerra was lifting the mast in his boat it slipped and fell upon him and killed him at once. I went to the house in Keith St and saw his corpse about his mouth was quite disfigured the rest of his face pale Death had possessed it. There was a pretty good fishing today.

Wednesday 10th June

A fine day the fishing light. John Robertson Portree came today to Mr Russell’s for a short time during the fishing.

Thursday 11th  June

Today I read a letter John had from Lexy she says she was thinking of going to New Zealand. The fishing not heavy today.

Friday 12th June

A light fishing. We were very busy today. We sold a very large quantity of meal. A beautiful day.

Saturday 13th June

A body was found today in the harbour supposed to be a Danish sailor that was drowned some time ago. Sir James Matheson arrived today there was no cheering such as used to be.

Sunday 14th June

In the morning Mr Leith preached from the 8th chapter of Matthew the 5th to the 13th verse Christ healing the centurion’s daughter. In the evening from the 3rd chapter of Phillipians 30th verse For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven. In the afternoon there was a prayer meeting. I lead the singing.

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