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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Gertrude Bell
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Sun. 14. [sic] [13 April 1902] Rode over to Acre ['Akko]. Visited the
mosque wh is charming and went to the house of 'Abbas who was out.
Got a letter to Abu Kasim his gardener at the garden by the Nahr
Na'man, Shahuta is its name [Persian[?] characters] where I lunched
under the trees Abu Kasim discoursing to me the while on religion and
Abbas in Persian. Reg.[?] oriental untidy garden full of flowers. Came
rain and I sat on his balcony and drank tea. Then rode off to the
Bahjeh a really lovely place with a big tank and pines and cypresses.
Went into the house and talked to the women. Then on to the Bahjeh
House behind where the Beha's tomb is, where the gardener gave
me flowers and so back to Acre where I succeeded in seeing 'Abbas.
He was most polite but not very cordial I thought. His servants treat
him with immense respect. We spoke chiefly of the possibilities of a
universal language. So home getting in at 6.45. Talked to Mr
Khaddar and Mr Rust who left next day early.

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