CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/93
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date7 November 1915
Extent3 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, 7 Via Venti Settembre, Rome, to her relatives, regarding Communion Sunday; Sir James Wilson of the Agricultural Institute to act as elder; Mr. Walker has influenza; he lives in a windowless back room on the Bible Society premises; this is not because he is poor, but because he is mean; Miss Jazdowska has arrived and is furious with her maid for disobeying her instructions about opening up the apartment [There were Jazdowskis associated with teaching and art in Aberdeen: James Bronislas Jazdowski, son of John, teacher in Aberdeen, graduated from Marischal College in 1856 and according to an annotation of the Search Room student list died in Rome in 1902]; no one was there to meet her at the station; she refused breakfast; she brought out plain and boracic lint and hospital strapping for Dr. Brock and wanted Aunt to post it to him immediately; Mrs. Brock is to bring more supplies; Miss Jazdowska also ordered Aunt to find a local supply of lint as Dr. Brock heard that it could not be found in Italy; packing it difficult to meet regulations; regulations listed; Miss Jazdowska has asked Rita Santoro to find her an apartment; Uncle would reduce the rent for her but she is determined to go; Uncle forgot to give Fulvio Miss Jazdowska's forwarding address for the summer with the result that some money lay unclaimed for a while and she was short; Uncle supervises his tenants too much anyway; no tenant will be found to replace Miss Jazdowska this year; congregations are small; Aunt warned Uncle not to take Miss Jazdowska as a tenant in the first place; Mrs. Brock is coming out soon to be housekeeper at Udine; her training in hospital management in London will shine through; the furnishings in the British funded ward have now vanished and been replaced by ordinary ones; thanks for 'Scotsmans' but no newspapers allowed to be reforwarded to Africa; Paul Rossi was in church and looking well; account of his experiences with the army; he is off convalescing for some time; Signor Franz's father has died, as has Miss Coryn, in England; Signora Franza has lost her step-son; Aunt has been rushed again this week by Uncle's demands; food is expensive and leaves no money for cabs; the municipal cars are quite useful and cheaper on fixed routes; the scirocco is bad; annoyance at Uncle arranging Aunt's At Homes without telling her; Uncle needs a bit of experience at the front; Vallero, one of the colporteurs, has died; the Bible Society has no money to pay for an elaborate funeral; Gloro has asked for a subsidy and Ruspantini intends to sue the Committee for not paying him for a month in which he had volunteered to work for the Government instead, wanting two salaries.
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