Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 March 1864


From the Attic Window (Craigleor, Lewis Street, Stornoway), 26 May 1900, Gina G. Morrison

Tuesday 1st March

The day being fine I went along with Mr Miller, Miss C. Gerrie, Miss Maggie McEwen and Miss Agnes Kerr over to Arnish. We left at ½ past 12 and was back at 5. We enjoyed ourselves very much indeed. We were at the top of the Light House and across the hills to Prince Charlie’s Loch. I had a letter from father. At night we were at Mr Caunter’s singing.

Wednesday 2nd March

Very little doing. I wrote Kate and enclosed £3 to her.

Thursday 3rd March

I had a walk with Mr Miller up the Glen and down by the castle. At night we were at Mr Caunter’s.

Friday 4th March

The ploughing match was at Goathill. We were practising singing at my lodgings. I was busy copying music.

Saturday 5th March

The Barque “Doon” left this morning for Port Natal at 10 o’clock with a good easterly wind.

Sunday 6th March

In the morning the Revd Mr Adam preached an excellent sermon from the 22nd chapter of Luke 31st and 32nd verses And the Lord said Simon Simon behold Satan hath desired to have you that he may lift you as wheat But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not and when thou art converted strengthen thy bretheren. He shewed first man’s foe 2nd man’s friend & 3rd Man’s duty. In the evening he preached from the 5th chapter of Judges 31st verse But let them that love him be as the Sun when he goeth forth in his night. In the afternoon Mr Cockburn gave a very nice address to the young.

[Note on Mr Cockburn: this was Joseph Fleming Cockburn (1818-86), Examiner or Supervisor of Excise, who had been appointed Supervisor of the Long Island District in January 1864.]

Monday 7th March

Very cold with showers of snow. We were practising music in Mr Caunter’s.

Tuesday 8th March

I have been copying a few pieces of music and at night were up at Mr Caunter’s.

Wednesday 9th March

I had a letter from Lexy. It was very cold with showers of snow.

Thursday 10th March

Very cold and stormy. Very little doing. We were at Mr Caunter’s.

Friday 11th March

Very very slack few people in town. At night at Mr Caunter’s.

Saturday 12th March

A meeting of committee about the Soiree and up seeing the hall and ordering the bread from D. McRae Baker. Afterwards I was at tea in Mr Cockburn’s.

Sunday 13th March

In the morning Mr Adam preached from the 3rd chapter of Revelation 20th verse Behold I stand at the door and knock if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me. In the evening he preached from the 5th chapter of Joshua 14th verse As Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. He shewed first the host of the Lord and 2nd their Captain. It rained heavily all day.

Monday 14th March

I expected a letter from Kate today but got none. At night we were at Mr Caunter’s.

Tuesday 15th March

The Bills and tickets for the Soiree out. At night we were at Mr Caunter’s.

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