CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/321
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date26 October 1919
Extent3 sheets + carbon copy
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Paris, to her relatives, regarding her meeting with Dr. Chartier and his arguments in favour of his post, instance of an American doctor making money out of a patient in the Ritz Hotel, impression he gives Amelia of perhaps fleecing his patients, if he is really making that much money he should be paying her more, but he has also mentioned pourboires, which makes her uneasy, she is glad not to be taking the post, which is in the middle of Paris and would be tiring, though she would have gained interesting experience in other branches of massage, she is now waiting to go to St. Quentin but they want her to travel with another nurse who has not yet arrived, more bureaucracy to complete, as well as waiting for a local diplomatic problem to be solved, she is sleeping well and spending her spare time repairing her summer clothes, she has been spending her afternoons going to Passy to massage an Abbe's arm, as well as helping Chauvel to decorate the flat, when the furniture arrived it was more suitable for the presbytery-house it had left than for this small flat, the Abbe was concerned only for his own affairs and criticised everyone else's work, 'The ministry creates an impractical mentality', Chauvel relied on her advice for the arrangement of furniture, Mlle. Gillet is practical and not sentimental, and they should soon be settled, bad music at church ('probably an amateur replacing a proper organist'), Mr. Wright is the minister, and looks physically weak, she avoided leaving her name and address, comments on his sermon 'Has Christianity failed?', most of the congregation are here in Paris for work, and are unlikely to attend two services on a Sunday.
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