CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/126
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date30 April 1916
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, 7 Via Venti Settembre, Rome, to her relatives, regarding an Easter Monday concert in the Augusteo; the conductor was a child prodigy named Willy Ferrero; the programme included music by Beethoven, Tchaikowsky and Greig; the child is extraordinary but he must be careful of wearing himself out; description of him and his technique; his family are staying at the Quirinal Hotel - his mother is a musician and his father can play 18 instruments; the case is similar to Bach's as regards heredity; the family seem to be living off him; comments by Drechsel of Philadelphia, regarding the child's behaviour; Drechsel has a childlike spirituality; Uncle's association with him and the pleasure of his visit; the season will be over in six weeks; Mr. Gibson feels it can end earlier; Dr. Fairweather of Kirkcaldy is to visit Genoa to examine the station; Mr. Gibson asked if he were also to visit Rome; the Blakes are indeed to visit after the Presbytery, for which Uncle will have to go away for a few days; Mr. Green's lessons are to finish; he has been criticising the British Government regarding Ireland and Kut el Amara; he is very anti-Liberal; her Sunday playing has improved, and Baroness de Hahn has remarked on it; Mr. Green is under age for military service; Dr. Brock is to go north to examine all the young men for military service and, if they are fit, send them to Colonel Radcliffe who signs them off and sends them home for military training; they are to be replaced by other young men from England who are not physically fit to fight; narrow escape of an ambulance driver and crew on icy roads; earthquake shocks felt at Florence, Aquila and Tivoli; Miss Forster Walker has been successfully moved to the Italic; visit of Mrs. Dawes Rose and her granddaughters; Amelia's massage lessons are going well, and she has received her nursing certificate from London; the director of the Bank of England came as one of Asquith's party; Signor Vita is astonished at the efficiency of the officers of the staff, depositing money for the use of the Adriatic Mission.
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