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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Herzfeld, Ernst
Iraq ยป Baghdad

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Mon. March 13. [13 March 1911] Got my letters, read and answered them. Had a long talk with Godard in the hotel. He says he hears Herzfeld is now of opinion that there were no columns at all in the mosque at Samarra! Wrote letters and lunched at the Consulate, Capt and Mrs Campbell of the stationnaire there. Went over to Sir William and had a long talk about rivers and maps. He thinks he has got the mound of Eridu near Gurna and wanted me to go down and look at it. The sea never came up any further; there was always a high bar of dry land before the Shatt el 'Arab formed by the Karun. The towns were built "in the marsh" and as the river silted up and left the marsh dry, they moved off higher to another marsh, keeping the water out by dams and letting it in for irrigation. Sir W. has had lots of difficulty with Nazim who stops him everywhere and prevaricates everywhere. He lives in the house of Kazim Pasha, with a fine big garden behind. So home by the bridge which was mended. At dinner talked long to two engineers, one a Dane who was going to Bakuba [Ba'qubah], the other a German from Basra [Basrah, Al] who had helped to build the Hejaz [Hijaz] Rly.

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