CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/147
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date12 - 17 September 1916
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hôpital Auxiliaire No. 10, Hotel Bristol, Aix-le-Bains, Savoie, France, to her relatives, regarding how time flies at the hospital when she is busy; Miss Burnet's background - she does not know which university she is to return to; she has come to Aix with her uncle and aunt; she is a success but too 'slangy' for Amelia's taste; she is very respectful of Amelia's position and quick to spot other problems amongst the staff; Mlle. Perolaz has tried to order her around but without success; Mlle. Perolaz likes to make the most of her age to win respect; the doctor's complimentary introduction of Amelia when Miss Burnet arrived; Miss Brouard's reaction; Miss Brouard does not allow Amelia to have any input into cases in her ward; Souchez's leg is an interesting case; he is much amused at the rivalries between the nurses; Muller has a pierced elbow; Uncle's early arrival; Blake's conduct has been despicable: he only went to Mürren to supplant Uncle; he would probably have preferred to replace Uncle in Rome; he went behind Uncle's back to present himself to the Legation in Berne; most of the Presbyterians in Mürren are of the Established Church; Mr. Sutherland was amazed that Uncle could get on so well with the Anglican clergy, but Mr. Blake will not manage it; he wishes to take charge at the Y.M.C.A., too, but the chief does not like him; several soldiers have asked Uncle to train them as communicants, but Blake has interfered there, too; Major Mackay of the Gordons is highly thought of and regretted Uncle's departure; Mlle. Perolaz is to be replaced by Mlle. Carmen's sister; the doctor appreciates Amelia's work and her efforts to avoid friction; she is pleased with the compliment from him, and has asked him for a letter of introduction to the doctor of the Zander Institute in order that she and Mlle. Perolaz can visit to see the machinery there; this has caused further jealousy in Mme. Brouard; Mlle. Perolaz insists on respect, though she has not tried to earn it; the wounded do not like her because she is hard-handed; both women are 60 and should behave with more dignity; intake of 60 cases, of which 30 remained and the others dispersed around Aix; summary of Dufau's messages to her; she has appreciated the attitude of her patients, which has made work easier; thanks for letter and enclosures.
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