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95 Sloane Street Monday Dearest Mother. This sounds much more hopeful, from Florence. Do you see a horrid letter in the Times today? I hope Will will put matters right.
It would be excellent if Maurice came back on Thursday.
I am so sorry about Tarran[?]. Why should he have committed suicide? if it was that I am sorrier still.
I had a very peaceful Sunday at Lockinge. The house is full of lovely pictures, and Lady Wantage there is even more like a delightful fairy godmother than she is in London. The Robin Bensons were there with whom I made friends. They have wonderful collections you know. It was a lovely day and I sat in the garden all the morning, corrected my first proofs from Oxford, and wrote a memorandum for the Geographical Soc. about spelling Arabic names in maps. They had asked me for it. In the afternoon Lady W. and I drove in a little pony carriage. I like being with her so much. She is quite in favour of the king's doing something for the Red Cross, and also of Queen Alexandra being asked to ask him. But she says Princess Christian also thinks herself the founder of the Red X and had better be taken in to the councils! I came home early this morning, worked at the R.G.S. for two hours, and lunched with Harold. I did not go back to the RGS as I wanted observations only and there was no sun. Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude