CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/324
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her parents, Robert and Maggie Laws
Date9 November 1919
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Paris, to her parents, just re-reading their letters and resting her hand, she has lost her old Stylo pen, probably on the train to Nantes, and it was easier to write with, enclosing a note of Roman news (MS 3290/2/325) as Aunt Amy is probably as useless as ever in sending it, Aunt does not feel like writing much to Aunt Amy, who has lost a good deal of Uncle and Aunt's sympathy with her behaviour last summer, so Amelia is to send on summarised information, present to her parents (going via Aunt and Uncle so that they can see them) of a dozen coloured prints made from war-sketches made by artists waiting for demobilisation, mostly of scenes made famous by the war, 'it represents an infinitesimal acknowledgement of these past years of generosity on your part and conveys much love and best wishes', there is also an album of the chateaux of the Loire, she is going to spend her second month's earnings on a small gas stove for Aunt, Uncle is to be retired from the end of October and the manse is to be freed for his successor, he will remain minister emeritus, Mrs. Rowat has suggested selling the furniture, but Aunt knows Uncle will need his books, Uncle does not want to leave the manse, but perhaps the new man might find it too large for his needs and might let Uncle stay in some rooms, though this would not be fair to his successor, 'social requirements are not what they were', Amelia would like a little allowance next year as she will have to go to Rome to help Aunt with the removals, accounts, including expenditure on clothes, Amelia's mother will find a new outfit expensive when she comes home, movements to and from Livingstonia, earthquake in Rome last week, hopes that the bubonic plague at Karonga has ceased, thanks for interesting quotation about Sir Rennell Rodd from the Cornhill Magazine, he has retired to a house on the Janiculum, odd behaviour of Mrs. Innes who wishes to leave her children in Scotland while in Rome, Amelia would never shirk such a responsibility, they 'have a permanent right to their mother', she has no wish to be a missionary and is happy in France, 'This generation has seen the failure of 'professional Christianity ... their personal needs demand a personal Christ'.
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