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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Myanmar ยป Bago

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Thurs 5. [5 March 1903] H [Hugo] and Major Hanbury came into our
carriage. We passed Pegu [(Bagu)], about 7. Very late - in about 10.
Spent the morning washing and packing. After lunch had a merry
hunt after our Calcutta washing which I finally ran to earth in the Phayre
St Wharf. We went out to tea with Mrs Lowis who has a charming
house behind the pagoda. He came out and they drove us round the
lakes. She is Monica Hill, a daughter - or sister - of a quondam vicar
of Redcar. We talked of Bo Duff! We dined with the Whites - Sir
Herbert Thirkell White. I sat between Mr Menzies, a paddy merchant,
and Captain Dunlop an ADC. There were the gov. of the gaol and his
wife (dull) a strange Scotch clergyman with a very uneclesiastical [sic]
dyed and painted wife, and 2 more I think. Lady White has a daughter
who is a favorite pupil of Joachim's and plays at the Hovingham
Festival. She showed me a Shan dress which consisted of a lovely
sort of casque with strings of beads hanging from it, a petticoat a foot
deep (!) and narrow band and a pair of leggings about 8 in long. All
dark blue. Sir H. talked of Sir George Scott who is in the Shan states.
He has a brother who is a don at Cambridge.

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