CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/76
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date8 August 1915
Extent3 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hotel Beau Site, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France, to her relatives, regarding Aunt's birthday and thanks for greetings; good weather; Professor Allier's late arrival by train meant that the hymns were chosen late for the service again; the minister was annoyed to discover that Chamonix uses a different hymnbook from that at Argentières, but he should have checked that beforehand; he is stationed at Les Praz, and could have walked but is lazy; sermon on Revelations; the minister's views annoyed Uncle as they were formed without knowledge of archaeology; rudeness of one woman at church presuming on the minister's time; he is sensible and makes them find out things for themselves, rather than 'carry them' as Uncle does; the English women at the hotel, having begun by despising Aunt and Amelia, are now very keen to know Uncle, who has not taken to them; walk to the Cascade du Dard; Uncle was lazy about the walk and kept trying to make them turn back; he refused to believe there was a waterfall even when Amelia ran ahead and saw it; finding out information for him about the Bossons glacier (he does not speak French); he intends to go and see it and the arrangements made for the suspension railway which is to go to the Pierre Pointue and then via a lift to the top of the Aiguille du Midi; the war is delaying the work; she wrote to Frau Buchli to send Uncle's ice axe, despite Uncle's procrastination which, added to the delays of war, means that things do not happen; he also intends a visit to the Mer de Glace, but his heel is again giving him trouble; Amelia practises her singing during their walks, going ahead while Uncle and Aunt walk slowly; Aunt is strong if she is allowed to go in her own time; exercise is essential to benefit from the generous meals, but it is difficult to make him go for walks; Mr. Benton's wife has had a son and both are well; she is a self-satisfied woman; considering her background it is surprising; she judges women by whether or not they are married, the goal in life; Mrs. G.'s son-in-law has died.
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