CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/81
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her parents, Robert and Maggie Laws
Date23 August 1915
Extent2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hotel Beau Site, Chamonix, Haute Savoie, France, to her parents, regarding Uncle's alarm at the sudden cold snap; beautiful weather but Uncle's room is under the heavy eaves and is cold; he and Aunt are out at the moment, probably enjoying the view of Mont Blanc; she was pleased Uncle had a letter from Mr. Barbour but did not make much of it in her general letter as Aunt Amy says 'Beware of the Barbours' because of Mrs. Barbour's English accent; Mr. Barbour adds that he still wants Amelia to give him organ-lessons and perhaps lessons in Italian; Uncle wonders that he refers to her as 'Amy' but she and Aunt are conspiratorial about it; she is pleased that Uncle seems to have written back nicely; Dr. Brock has written and hoped that Amelia's help is better; Rome is well arranged for the winter but the Continental Committee of the mission has formed a subcommittee to consider the closure of stations; Mr. Blake in Florence has had his salary decreased; the stations are principally there for tourists, who can no longer come to Italy; Uncle will be kept in Rome by Bible Society work even if the station closes; the services may continue so that the porter can still be paid out of the collections; Naples and Genoa will continue as they have work amongst sailors; the Riviera will be closed; Spanish and African services will probably cease; another year of war is expected; Aunt Amy may be moving lodgings because of noise so Rome is still the best place to write to; thanks for letters; her parents' letter to Herr Axenfeld was sent via Fraulein von Muralt who translated it into German and edited it for safe passage; hopes that Karonga and district have been spared further trouble; her parents' letters probably come via England but there is nothing to indicate and they are not being opened at the moment; Greece is now vacillating about the war and Italy may soon declare war on Turkey; Mr. Cotterill's gift of a copy of the Odyssey has been lost, to her regret; the Cotterills are near Lucca; Dr. Elmslie has replaced her father in some duty.
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