Charles Morrison’s Diary, 1 to 14 August 1864

Across Loch Roag to Uig

Across Loch Roag to Uig, watercolour by Gina G. Morrison, nd.

Monday 1st August

I wrote father that I expected to be married soon. I was a good while with Robt Gerrie and spoke to him about Christina & I. At night I was up with Christina in the summer seat.

Tuesday 2nd August

The “Lion” man of war came in. Not much doing.

Wednesday 3rd August

Pretty busy today.

Thursday 4th August

Sacramental fast day. In the afternoon I went to the Established Church with Robt & Christina Gerrie. Mr Strachan preached from the 2nd chapter of Galatians 20th verse last clause And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. In the evening Mr Deans preached a sermon in the U.P. Church. Afterwards I had a walk with Robt & Christina Gerrie.

Friday 5th August

Not much doing. I was in Goathill for about an hour and a half.

Saturday 6th August

Pretty stormy. I remained in the shop all day.

Sunday 7th August

In the morning Mr Deans preached from the 3rd chapter of John from the 1st to the 10th verses. In the evening he preached from the 6th chapter of Romans 23rd verse For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. It was a very disagreeable day for them that had to sit out at the sacraments on the green, it rained and was pretty blowy all day. There were a great number in Town.

Monday 8th August

I had a letter from George Phillips and Isabella Sutherland. I was pretty busy today. At night I saw Christina. She told me that Mrs Russell spoke to Sandy about us and that he seemed to be agreeable.

Tuesday 9th August

Very course and rainy. Very slack. I did not feel well in the evening.

Wednesday 10th August

In the evening Robert and Christina Gerrie & I met in Mr Russell’s to consult about our marriage and how we were to proceed. I agreed to call on Mrs Gerrie next day and bring the matter before her.

Thursday 11th August

I was rather excited today about going to Mrs Gerrie to ask Christina of her knowing that she would not be willing to consent however I went about 5 and spoke to her Robert being present and she said she would not consent to it. However that is not to keep us back it rather hastens on the happy day and when we shall enjoy and think the more of each others company and I trust neither of us will have cause to regret the choice we have made and it will be my pleasing duty to endeavour to make dear Christina happy for all she has had to suffer for my sake. I was at the prayer meeting.

Friday 12th August

I was at Alex Robertson’s seeing about a house but did not succeed. Christina was down. I was at tea with her in Mr Russell’s. I went home with her & Robert.

Saturday 13th August

I called to see Mrs Stewart’s house but it was taken. I was all the evening in Mr Russell’s with patterns from Mr McMorland choosing the different articles required. Christina & Robert was there.

Sunday 14th August

In the morning Mr Deans preached from the 21st chapter of John from the 15th to the 23rd verses. In the evening he preached from the 5th chapter of 2nd Corinthians Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things are passed away behold all things are become new.

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