CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/136
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date24 June 1916
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hotel Beau Site, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France, to her relatives, regarding the perfect weather; description of view; no Protestant service yet; understaffing of the French consulate delayed them last week; Vita has advised Uncle to leave Rome for a rest; their baker is closing and there will only be sour bread after he goes; he is not as necessary in Rome as he pretends; good journey, via Pisa and Genoa, with no trouble at Modane; fair hotel at Aix; even her sandfly bites felt better once they were in the mountains; Aunt is looking better already; enquiries on behalf of the Misses Hope as to work at Aix; meeting with Miss Stewart 'my quondam enemy' and her mother; she was not looking well; her brother has just been knighted for his services in India; they live in the big palace overlooking the Trajan Forum; Miss Stewart usually dresses in purple and green; Mrs. Gibson regards her as difficult; she has been thrown out of the Embassy work party; she dismisses massage as not nursing; the Hotel Bristol in Aix is the headquarters of a branch of the Red Cross organised by Lady Menzies; they discover that massage skills would be very welcome at the hospital there; Lady Menzies' work is hindered by the rivalry of three ladies' societies in Aix; her daughter is very jolly; courage in Chamonix despite the local bereavements; all the spare time is spent knitting for the soldiers or embroidering things to be sold in aid of the Red Cross; the hotels are opening, mostly to English guests and soldiers on leave and in health (Belgian, French and English); possible visit of John Geddes, son of a friend who is a sergeant; thanks to Aunt Amy for fetching a book for her from Thin's; her plans are still not settled, but Mme. Lacuffer, in charge at Aix, has begged her to return and work there; Aunt is in favour of it but Amelia is waiting for Uncle's arrival for the final decision; final comments on the visit of Mackinnon and Craig.
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