CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/160
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date3 December 1916
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, 7 Via Venti Settembre, Rome, to her relatives, thanking Aunt Amy for letter; Miss Stewart is very busy at her hospital, finding that the men have been neglected in respect of poultices over the summer because the nuns did not think them worthwhile; Amelia came across the same attitude in France; mention of Mrs. Rossi who thinks that now Amelia has her diploma she can drop music; she also thinks Amelia should be organist in the American church instead of Mr. Green; he is probably being criticised for not joining up; Lord Northcliffe has warned that the war may last another five years; Mr. Green saw this as a bad thing because he would have to be at his Red Cross work for the duration; he is in a good position and should be grateful; she hopes this will be the last season of her lessons with him; she has been at home all week with a cold caught because the church had not been aired and 'the heating had developed microbes'; she has been busy with sewing and writing, and lining a macramé bag made for her by Dupont, a patient at Aix; description of the bag; Dupont's hand has grown worse again after all her treatment - the treatment should have continued for months; there seems to be no outlet for massage in Rome unless Dr. Brock finds her something, for all the Red Cross places are riven with jealousies and manned by women who just want amusement; three of Baroness de Hahn's friends have had their health impaired by the work - 'corrupt physiques should be treated by men only, as was the case in the Boer War'; visit of Signora Bianchi, the Swedish masseuse; discussion of all her patients with her; the Signora was satisfied; she is not surprised at the problems finding massage work in Rome as Signor Bastianelli has dismissed it as 'of little value'; she is still working on Hale Benton's foot, for he will insist on using it too much and his wife cannot seem to do the massage for him; Miss Jazdowska has been causing trouble again [There were Jazdowskis associated with teaching and art in Aberdeen: James Bronislas Jazdowski, son of John, teacher in Aberdeen, graduated from Marischal College in 1856 and according to an annotation of the Search Room student list died in Rome in 1902]; the Sailors' Club is now to be controlled by the Embassy; Uncle and Archdeacon Sissons are receivers of money and Lady Rodd is treasurer; the Naval Attaché, Commander Larking, is in charge and Miss Jazdowska does not like not to be so; she has caused trouble over the cards that have been printed for the Club; she has bullied Uncle into making a change, which the Commander sees as pointless; Mrs. Brock is to arrive soon.
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