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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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50.725231, 1.613334

Hotel Mearice Boulogne Nov 30 Dearest Mother. Thank you for your two p.cs. I expect I shall have a telegram from you tomorrow in answer to my letter about coming back. Please remember that I'll come at once if you are overdone. We have been very busy today making our double card catalogue which has to be done over and above our work, and therefore mostly in the luncheon hour or after tea when the office is supposed to be shut. It will take days I fear but when once it is done the office will be in far better order. Philip Howell passed through yesterday and we lunched together. He told me lots of interesting things which I may not repeat because I'm under oath to the Censor to write nothing that I hear here. Everyone is very confident, however, and with good cause I think. Anthony came over by the afternoon boat. I met him and had tea with him and his general at the station. They went straight on to the headquarters of the Cavalry Corps. A. looks very well and says he is enjoying himself. They live in a fine house and are very comfortable and happy. The King was here today. I didn't see him being too busy to go out and look for him. He visited one of the hospitals and I suppose went on to headquarters. A horrible day - pouring and blowing - it never stopped. So we lost nothing by sitting indoors over our indexes. Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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