Charles Morrison’s Diary, 15 to 30 November 1863


Sober Island (Aird a’Chleirich) and Goat Island by Gina G. Morrison, c.1900

Sunday 15th November

Owing to the Steamer not arriving there was no preaching in the U.P.Church. In the afternoon Mr McRae E.C. preached from the 21st verse of the 6th chapter of Romans What fruit had ye then in these things whereof ye are now ashamed for the end of those things is death. In the evening I went to see Mrs Gerrie. Mr & Mrs Russell were there and I had tea with them.

Monday 16th November

We were very busy today. I had a letter from J Sutherland Edinburgh. John Fraser came by Steamer today and went of again for New Zealand.

Tuesday 17th November

I was at Mr Hunter’s child’s funeral. At night I was up with C.G.—-

Wednesday 18th November

Not much doing today it was very course. We bought a large quantity of fish from M. Campbell Harris. I was at the U.P. singing class.

Thursday 19th November

Very stormy. We were pretty busy. At night I was with Miss Gerrie and made some arrangements with her as regard to matters – – – When I came home Angus had not been to bed and he spoke to me of dissolving partnership.

Friday 20th November

We were taking delivery of upwards of 4000 fish from M.Campbell Harris. There was very little doing.

Saturday 21st November

It was rather stormy. We were pretty busy. I wrote Robert.

Sunday 22nd November

In the morning Mr Tennant preached in the 13th chapter of Matthew The parable of the Sower and seed and the exposition of it. I presented. In the evening he preached from the 20th chapter of Matthew 28th verse Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many. In the afternoon I was at Goathill.

Monday 23rd November

We were very busy today.

Tuesday 24th November

We were very busy. I had a letter from Robert and he promises to come to Stornoway. At night Angus went in to pay the rent to Miss McDonald I went in when I shut the shop and afterwards was introduced to Mr A Ross Sheriff Clerk from Tain. Mr Campbell Uig was there and we waited until after worship. When we came home Angus & I had some words between us in regard to the Shop

Wednesday 25th November

I was in no very pleasant mood today. I was troubled about the shop. Angus & I was with Miss McDonald a long time.

Thursday 26th November

Today was held as a thanksgiving day for the harvest. In the afternoon Mr McRae E.C. preached from the 8th & 9th verses of the 107th Psalm Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men For he satistieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. I was at tea in Miss McDonald’s with Mr Ross sheriff clerk then he and I went to the U.P.Church. Mr Tennant preached from the 1st verse of the 4th chapter of Ephesians I therefore the prisoner of the lord beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called.

Friday 27th November

Very stormy in the morning. Angus and I were quarrelling about the Shop in Miss McDonald’s.

Saturday 28th November

Nothing done today with regard to the Shop. Very stormy.

Sunday 29th November

In the morning Mr Tennant lectured on the 3rd chapter of Acts. In the evening he preached from the 3rd chapter of 1st John 3rd verse And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure. The church was quite full.

Monday 30th November

I wrote father about my affairs & prospects. I had a letter from J Robertson Portree & Miss C McDonald Dingwall. Our drawings for the month is £257-6-6.


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