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95 Sloane Street August 9 Dearest Mother. I must send this delightful letter - let me have it back. One doesn't know whether to laugh or to cry over it, but anyhow one thinks him wholly Belloved. I wonder whether you could have a copy made of it and send it to Hugo? He would appreciate it I feel sure. We are so rushed these days in the office that I couldn't give even this little extra work. I'll write to Hugo myself this week.
I've got Mrs Christopher Lowther of a morning to help me with the awful mountain of letters. She's a dear and as quick and clever as she can be. Poor Milly is wretched. I think the speaker and Mrs Lowther make their children as miserable as any parents have ever contrived to do. The speaker doesn't mean it - he can't think why they are not happy; but she is a born tyrant and considers no one. Poor Milly. She is the only one of them who has managed to make herself into a fine creature in spite of every inducement to be the exact opposite. But I don't say this to Mrs Christopher. I expect she knows it, poor little thing, only too well.
Countess Benckendorff[?] came to us today to talk about her prisoners - a delightful woman. That's what they really need, help for the prisoners, as I told Father. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude
I'm extremely busy over incomparably dull jobs - such as distributing work among typists.