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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

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Bell, Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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95 Sloane Street Wed. Dearest Mother. I arrived at midnight yesterday, after a shocking crossing - I was very ill too! - and was delighted to find your letter and p.c. Everything was most comfy and Mrs Webber came today, but I need scarcely say that the house is full of painters! I have telegraphed to the Stanleys to ask if they will have me tomorrow. Mr Tyrrell, with whom I lunched today, says that they certainly will. I go to the Pollocks on Monday, vide enclosed. I wish Father wd join me at Minstead and come with me to the Ps! Tell him, if he wd do that we wd invite ourselves to the Humphrey Wards, say from next Thursday to Monday. I should so love to go visiting with him. Do try to make him spare a week's jaunt with me. My box has come, but I still seem to have extraordinarily few clothes! I think my green day gown - it's sister in colour to Molly's - might be posted to me to Minstead that I may be fine on Sunday. Also my green necklace, registered. Not my pearls, I'm too much afraid of trusting them to the post. I was driven out of Switzerland by a week's continuous rain and the barometre sitting peacefully at the bottom! I'm glad I left, though it broke my heart, for I'm sure it's raining there still. Anyway the snow had fallen so deep that there wd have been nothing to do for 2 or 3 days under the best of conditions.
I dine with Domnul tonight and if Caroline is not in town I shall invite myself to lunch with Mrs Strong perhaps tomorrow. I have invited Ambrose to tea and shall go up to Grosvenor St after. I have been very busy today, what with shopping and things. I've shopped 3 hats! I had none at all.

Unless Father comes south, I shall probably be north about Thursday. Will that suit? If anything amusing turns up I shall stay however, there being no hurry.

I'm thrilled about the cart, tell Elsa. Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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