CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/311
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her parents, Robert and Maggie Laws
Date24 August 1919
Extent3 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Aviemore, Crieff, to her parents, looking forward to journey back to Edinburgh, allowing the Smeatons to put their house in order for new tenants coming in, Uncle has gone to Buchan and mealtimes with Aunt Amy are difficult, she is insisting on sending Amelia's parents a cutting about a monument in Strasbourg being hit by lightning, which she considers to be divine judgement, and will not hear arguments to the contrary, argument between Amelia and Aunt Amy on the power of suggestion in healing illness, following an account of a case in Rome, Uncle siding with Amelia, and Aunt defending her, 'This Scotch characteristic of holding on to pre-ordained principles is like a withering blast', Mr. Turner feels that organ music is not appreciated in Crieff, 'what was most appreciated was an improvisation on a Moody and Sankey hymn', he stays in Crieff mainly for the sake of his wife's health, she has benefitted greatly from his lessons, setback to plans for future as two letters to Strasbourg have miscarried, one has gone to the pastor at Uriage near Grenoble, she has now sent to M. Baraud at Strasbourg, preparations for passport formalities, Dr. Wells' memory is failing but this allows him to enjoy walks more, the Principal [Mr. Henderson?] is in good health and very genial, Amelia likes his younger daughter, Frances, meeting with a Mr. Brown who was on the Livingstonia Committee in Glasgow, crowded tea party with lots of questions about music, languages and life in France, descriptions of hospital life shock the young ladies and she tries to picture them in uniform, Maida Barbour's fiance Mr. Macgregor is the brother of Dr. Freeland Barbour's tutor and is still suffering after the war. G.B. Barbour has been demobilised and is probably returning to finish his studies at Cambridge, lovely drive to St. Fillan's, missed a sermon by Dr. Hutton.
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