Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Florence Bell, estimated to have been written in 1906.
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Sunday Rounton Grange Dearest Mother. The 4th housemaid is coming tomorrow. Mrs T [Thompson[?]] and Mrs C. have arrived and taken office. I like Mrs T. so much. As to the blue hat, I will have it sent to you tomorrow. No, I'm not wearing it at all and what's more if you don't like it please send it back to me and I will give it to Aunt F. [Florence] who wants some old hats to sell at Arncliffe. (If you and Elsa have any you might send them too!) Under these circumstances, I don't think I could reasonably charge you anything for the same!
Ambrose is here. He is a good deal shaken I think by his mother's illness and death - his nerves (never much to boast of) are in a bad way, but his private affairs seem to be going well and by the way you must never mention to the young woman if you see her at any time, that there were difficulties. Tell Moll this. I have found Armide and will send it tomorrow. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude.
St Loe has sent me £1 for my Izzet letter - very handsome of him.