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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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Tuesday. Clandon. Dearest Mother. I arrived at lunch time today and lunched with Lady O. [Onslow] and the staff. After lunch Lord O. took me over everything. The whole of their house is turned into a hospital and they are lodged in a house in the village with them for the present at any rate. There are 100 wounded Bellgians, some of whom are now beginning to recover and to be sent out to convalescent hospitals. They may at any time have a fresh batch. They have a very nice matron, 4 sisters, 11 nurses and about 20 V.A.D.s. I am to be inducted into my jobs tomorrow morning, but I haven't got nearly enough Red X clothes, for I shall have to wear them all the time, and I am going to London tomorrow for an hour or two in the afternoon to get more. I left Marie there and I shall not have her here. She would have to be lodged in the village and I don't want her. I shall see her tomorrow and will tell you when she will come home. I feel rather confused through having seen so many many people all at once. I expect it will be some days before I begin to feel my feet.
The Os are very friendly. I wonder what it will be like! Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

I hear a hospital is being opened in Guildford so that the Stracheys will have their billet!

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