Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 October 1863

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Lews Castle Grounds by Gina G Morrison (watercolour sketch, detail).

Thursday 1st October

Very busy today. At night I came down with Christina then went up to Laxdale and back with her. Mrs Gerrie was in the garden and noticed us. She was not well pleased.

Friday 2nd October

Pretty stormy today. I had a letter from Christina about the reception she got last night. I wrote her back.

Saturday 3rd October

We were very busy. I wrote a letter to father.

Sunday 4th October

In the morning Mr McEwan preached from the 10th Chapter of Luke 38th to the 42nd verses. In the evening from the 1st Chapter of Romans 16th verse For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of god unto Salvation to everyone that believeth to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
I presented.

Monday 5th October

I had a letter from J Robertson Portree. We were very busy today.

Tuesday 6th October

We engaged John McFarlane for a short time in the shop he came with us today

Wednesday 7th October

I wrote Lexy. I sent two oars to John Robertson Portree and wrote him. This was the finest day that has come for a time back. In the evening I had a walk with Christina the length of Mr Addison’s the gardener. She was telling me what Mrs Russell was saying to her.

Thursday 8th October

In the evening I went up to Goathill and was with Christina in the house for upwards of an hour.

Friday 9th October

Middling busy. A fine day.

Saturday 10th October

Miss E. McDonald came by steamer. We were very slack today.

Sunday 11th October

There was no preaching in the U.P.Church today Mr McEwen being at the Sacraments at Portree. In the afternoon Mr Munro preached from the 4th chapter of 2nd Timothy 8th verse Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day and not to me only but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Monday 12th October

Catherine Fraser the Baker daughter died today.

Tuesday 13th October

It rained pretty heavily the most of the day. We were kept busy.

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Watercolour by Gina G Morrison c.1900. Lews Castle Grounds, probably The Glen.

Wednesday 14th October

I had a walk in the evening with Christina up the glen to the moss house

still in the solitary place

I would a while abide

Till with the solace of thy love

My heart is satisfied

And all my hopes of happiness

Stay calmly at thy side

[Note: from Sweet is the Solace of Thy Love, by the Christian poet Anna Letitia Waring (1823-1910)]

I had a letter from John Robertson.

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