CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/16
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date5 April 1914
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Bergstrasse 33, Dresden, Germany, to her relatives, regarding visit to the Martin Luther Kirche for a Communion service for young people; mournful occasion; included daughter of their landlady, and servants harassed making dinner for several relations there to see the ceremony; criticism of Frau Oeser for not organising things better; pity for her servants; commercialisation of Communion services and gifts given to mark the occasion; she and Aunt decide to go to the Hofkirche instead (the Catholic Court Church) as it was Palm Sunday, and as a Catholic church would not mind a late arrival as much as a Protestant one; description of congregation; murmuring from confessionals; not impressed by preacher, who gave her 'the creeps'; he abjures old women to be good and virgins to be pure, but Amelia objects that the purity of females is often dependent on the purity of males; they leave early; consternation over a private letter from the Kaiser criticising the Catholic religion; she thinks he is a tolerant Emperor; visit to Frau Wedekind, who is satisfied with her progress; Herr Hasse finds her practising the organ in the Kreuzkirche and is surprised to find a woman play the organ so correctly; Herr Pfannstiehl's criticism of her work; organ lesson even through building work in the church; watching the choir practice; Herr Pfannstiehl is patient with the boys; the boys are kind to him; pension so full that they have been obliged to give up their sitting room; house crowded with furniture; new guests with their own furniture; Uncle's safe return from Naples; successful visit to Pompeii; Sir William Turner and his daughters are in Rome, and Dr. Kelman, Professor Denney and Dr. Morrison of Glasgow expected; comments on Mrs. Evans' illness and funeral; thanks to Aunt Amy for her letter; letter from Miss Whyte asking after her; George [Whyte?] has been ill but is now M.D.
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