CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/316
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her parents, Robert and Maggie Laws
Date26 September 1919
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Cranston's Ivanhoe Hotel, Bloomsbury Street, London W.C.1, to her parents, telling them of a railway strike which appears serious, 'anarchism and bolshevism have been busy behind the scenes', Lloyd George has asked for people to stand fast, and a system of volunteers and Government lorries is in place to make up for the lack of trains, but the whole country is paralysed, it is feared that the strike will spread, concern for their departure and their luggage which is at King's Cross, and cannot be removed, Uncle does not make things easier, he is 'an incubus', he will help strangers but not his own family, his uselessness over the luggage problem, 'I wondered what it would be like to live with men one could appreciate domestically', sermon at Regent Square from Ivor Roberton, meeting Mr. Sutherland of Lausanne, recovering from appendicitis, whose wife has collapsed and become paralysed from years of looking after him, first at Lausanne and then with the soldiers at Chateau d'Oex, he is irritated that he cannot work without her, no businessman would so depend on his wife, visit from Nurse Curtiss whose aunt has died, she is growing old but may go to the colonies, an officer once proposed to her during the South African War, but she declined as he was ill, and she did not wish that to influence his decision, French visas have been acquired without trouble but as usual the Italian consulate was dirty and disorganised, still problems in Fiume, and it may cause a split between the Italians and the Allies. Note included on financial arrangements regarding Miss Telford's money, tax position of those living abroad, she has now applied for a paid post under the Red Cross. Also enclosed a letter to Amelia from Maida Macgregor, nee Barbour, dated Fincastle, Pitlochrie, 22 September 1919, thanking her for the metal tray (made by a French patient), remembering her visit in 1899 and rumours of her kindness in Rome, leaving Pitlochry to go and settle in Manchester.
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