CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/22
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date10 May 1914
Extent3 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Bergstrasse 33, Dresden, Germany, to her relatives, regarding the imminent departure of Mrs. and Miss Fleming from Rome; the Flemings want to know their summer plans; Babina cannot come to work for them; prompt action is usually the best way; Uncle is not going to Pontresina; Uncle 'warmly lays himself open to irruptions of his countrywomen', allowing all kind to visit him in Rome; Uncle having to hold a reception at the Manse even though he was ill, because society is all in Rome; the Gibsons seem to be at the manse less often now, a good thing; Aunt is not fit for Uncle's style of life, though Maria the cook will be glad to see her back as her work will decrease; women's work is always harder than men's; criticism of Herr Chitz's teaching; Herr Pfannstiehl's criticism of him; looking forward to having Mme. B. again as her singing teacher; hopes of being her assistant; will not offer to work full time for Uncle as he will take advantage of it; Uncle's refusal to have an appendectomy was the right decision; a Harley Street surgeon agrees that the operation is rarely unavoidable; Dr. Cook amused her by saying that women should be surgeons as they cut and sew more neatly than men; in America appendicitis is largely cured by osteopathy; Fraulein von Muralt has arrived in Rome from Sicily with her niece; Dr. Nicoll has written from Dover to say that he was still subscribing to the mission; pity that churches insist on printing the amount of their subscriptions; she and Aunt will likely leave Dresden on 2 June as Uncle is so agitated about accommodation in Sterzing that they will have to go there first and settle, then return to Münich for all they need; her black skirt is worn on both sides from organ work; Münich is very inexpensive for clothing; Herr Pfannstiehl is to take her to Freiberg to see a rare Silbermann's organ; visit to the Frauenkirche to hear the Saxon Evangelical Lutheran Association of Trumpeters - 500 all playing together; Boy Scouts acting as ushers; sermon on 'manly Christianity'; performance of St. John's Passion; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra particularly good because they possess some rare instruments not now in use; enclosing 'memoriam' of Mr. Minto and photograph of Babina, to be returned.
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