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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Chirol, Valentine
India ยป Kolkata

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Sun. 8. [8 February 1903] Arrived about 8 and went to the Grand Hotel
where they first denied all knowledge of us and then took us in.
Washed dressed and breakfasted. H. to church and I wrote letters
and sent round to Mr Chirol who was gone. Went to leave cards on
Mrs Everard Cotes, called on the Russells at the Great Eastern and
on Lady Lawrence. After lunch wrote till 4, then drove to the
Zoological gardens, charming place with the animals beautifully kept
and the flowers exquisite. Hugo and Billy Hornell arrived and we
drove down the Strand, which is between the big park which lies along
Chauringhee and the Hoogli [Hugli]. Great 3 masted ships. Sat on
the balcony of the Boating Club and watched a blood red sunset
through the smoke of the Jute factories. Mr Hornell is at the College
where he teaches Babus things they can't understand in a language
they don't know. He is at present lecturing on Paradise Lost! they
delight in it and compare Milton's cosmogony with that of the Vedas in
a way most confusing to B.H. Hugo dined with one Ogilvie and I with
the Russells.

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