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Jan. 13 Cairo Dearest Mother. I am so very very sorry about dear Aunt Bessie - sorry for us, but one can't be sorry for her, for it seems nothing but good to pass quietly out of this terrible world. How fine and simple she was; I think I never knew anyone more good and true. Her sympathy which never failed, her affection, dear little aunt - one misses them dreadfully and I can't bear to think that they are gone. I'm afraid you will mind terribly. I've thought of you all these sad days and wished I had been there to share them. She leaves a very beautiful memory for all of us.
I have just been told that there is a mail out today and this is only a hasty word to catch it and to tell you that I love you and think of you. Your daughter Gertrude