CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/251
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date18 July 1918
Extent3 sheets + carbon copy
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Valence, to her relatives, regarding forwarding Aunt Amy's letter; hot weather; scirocco and its local characteristics; easy effect on those who do not have to work; Mlle. Delattre goes pale in the heat but her brother is spoilt and does no work; end of work at the canteen; Mlle. Sottoz there demands all the Americans to herself then complains when she is overworked; she is very like Miss Jazdowska; returning Miss Benett's book; letter from Mlle. Boyer at Aix-les-Bains who, with Mme. Mollard, is trying to find work for Amelia; various possible solutions; she is anxious to work; she should have been in that region through the fighting at Verdun and then moved further west; the Séminaire is now treating cases neglected two years ago when everything was busy; description of conditions at that time, via Mme. Delattre; there are now more hospitals at the front and fewer in the interior; there is too much red tape; she is pleased to have found Mme. Delattre's house to live in, but cannot stay in Valence without giving up massage; Miss Gatliff has given further information about Mrs. Evans' legacy; most things went to her niece by marriage, Mrs. Lincoln; she left money to Millie Harjes, who was rich and would have preferred something personal as a memento; she used most of the money augmenting the servants' inadequate legacies, anyway; nothing sentimental was left to any friend; Millie Harjes bought her piano and presented it to the Y.W.C.A.; no provision was made for Mrs. Evans' pensioners; the war made sorting out such provision particularly difficult; present of a desk from the estate to Miss Gatliff; thanks for mail; both Valence and Chiesa have come to nothing; good preacher with a poor voice that morning in church; excellent reading the previous week by an elderly preacher; change in wind has eased the heat; the scirocco was particularly bad in Marseilles; the latest French-American action has given great satisfaction, taking 20,000 prisoners including three colonels; 'the G[ermans] considered the Allies incapable of attack. N.B. Foch pronounces his name Fosh to make it French'. [Letter breaks off without signature]
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