CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/355
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date11 April 1920
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Rome, to her relatives, regarding work completed on the valuation of the furniture, it would have been easier to sell the stuff in Rome but Uncle would have liked it to stay in the manse if possible, Mr. Street is mean and tried everything he could think of to reduce his income tax, Gibson has warned them not to let the Committee sell them short because they are women, they have been washing the curtains, arrangements for selling more of Uncle's books, properly valued, 'They'll certainly not go for 1d and 2d a volume, as Mr. Street reckoned them!', the Crandon School will probably take the Waverley novels, visit from Mr. and Mrs. Mackenzie, his son and daughter-in-law, and Mr. and Mrs. Davies, the men are visiting the ports on behalf of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Society, Amelia took them all to the Vatican and brought them back for tea, Mr. Alistair Mackenzie was in hospital for six months with neurasthenia, 'Certainly his young wife won't know how to deal with the situation. She is one of the modern girls, skinny and skimpily dressed with no taste', Mrs. Mackenzie senior is not much better, Amelia reflects on men's lack of judgement, the Bretschneiders have asked Amelia specially to massage Ibsen's granddaughter, whose mother's parents were Bjornsen, she herself is training for the grand opera, she has weak legs, through wearing high heels, and so cannot undertake roles where she has to dress as a page, she is improving well, Amelia likes her despite her background, her father is a writer and her mother a concert singer and they live in the Quirinal, Mme. Bianchi's advice on charging for private patients, Amelia has sold to Mme. Bianchi the piano that Uncle gave her, to pay for the perpetual upkeep of Uncle's grave.
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