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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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Rounton Grange Sep 28 Dearest Mother. I haven't written much not because I'm undutiful but because I'm working so hard I don't seem to have a spare moment anywhere; but today your long letter came from Elsa and it's too delightful not to be answered. It sounds the wildest success. Hedley has just appeared (to see Marie who is not well) and he says Mrs Iltyd Williams writes that Father is the best President that has ever been and that it's splendid that we shd be represented by so elegant and polished a man. She's most enthusiastic Hedley says. It will be great fun to hear all about it.
The Barnses leave on Monday. I've seen a good deal of her lately and like her very much. I like him too but he's rather stolid. I had a tennis party on Thursday - Barneses, Johnsons and Alfred Peases. Yesterday I rode with Sir Hugh and today she is coming over to spend the afternoon. We also have Captain Brigham here - he's conducting an official enquiry into drink and the labour market, their effect on one another. He is spending today at M'bro [Middlesbrough] and goes on Monday to York. He's amusing - very cocksure, clever - and he knows it.

My love to my dear uncle. Aren't you sorry about Lady Louisa, nice old thing!

The opening of the Club is finally fixed for the 12th. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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