CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/366
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her parents, Robert and Maggie Laws
Date23 May 1920
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Rome, to her parents, explaining that she will be too busy to write tomorrow, pleased when their letter arrived, though long-delayed, pleased that they now know all the details about Uncle and that Amelia is in Rome with Aunt, it seems a long time ago now, though they are still exhausted and busy, Aunt Amy has grudgingly agreed that they cannot ship her boxes and must open them, but has only sent half the keys, the trunks they could open were filled with out of date clothes which could have been of use, grateful that her parents thought of retaining the flat in Thirlstane Road, she does not want to settle in Scotland as she cannot pass exams, 'By your generation I am judged entirely as your daughter, while my own generation neither knows me nor cares to have friendly relations with my type', they thought Dr. Elmslie's return to Africa might free her parents but things are uncertain both there and in Scotland, and his salary would not go far at home, her father is not to be distressed if Mr. Livingstone's visit makes him feel as if he is in the afternoon of his life, as he should be grateful that he is not in the forenoon, he has had the best times, building something up is better than trying to sustain it, 'Whatever you do, let no one get amongst your correspondence and private possessions. We are so thankful that no strangers have had the chance of examining anything of Uncle's', Aunt needs a rest but will recover, and Amelia is also looking forward to a rest, now that they know that her parents are not coming back soon she will set things in motion to return to Metz, they will avoid Paris if possible in the heat, but might stay 'within reach of some former patient needing additional treatment', thanks for £100, Mrs. Fleming also sent some and has promised more, they are all right in Rome but the journey will be expensive, payments have been made as much as possible in English money to protect Uncle Alick's interests, the will has been confirmed, they do not wish her parents to be burdened with 'what Uncle called his "mother's family", and Aunt Amy must also learn that you are not to be appealed to', Aunt is to make her will and Amelia's is already made.
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