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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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Cox, Percy
Cox, Louisa Belle
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Iraq ยป Baghdad

33.315241, 44.3660671

June 27 Baghdad Dearest Mother. May I write you a word about tiresome things? First of all the towels have come - that's not tiresome! but Lord! what a price! Second Lady Cox and Sir Percy will be returning here sometime in Sep. I expect and she will bring one or two things out for me. She might bring my furs which will be made up and ready by that time; also I'm going to order some bulbs from Kent and Boydon and ask them to pack them and send them to R'ton [Rounton] - then perhaps you'll send them to the Coxes. And further, I shall want an afternoon gown for the winter. I'll write to Mrs Bell about it - tell her either to send it to you or to find out from you how to send it to Lady Cox.
It would therefore be very kind of you if you would get into touch with Lady C - she will come and see you in London if you're still there - and find out from her when she leaves and where the furs, gown and bulbs ought to be sent so that she may take them with her. If you don't see her in London the Hirtzels will always be able to tell you how to find her.

I am sorry for being such a nuisance.

Lady C.'s parrot I'm happy to say is flourishing and all the household adores it. It's a very nice bird.

The mail has been most tiresome this week - I've no English letters and only 2 papers. Your very affectionate daughter Gertrude

The vet has been round to see Rish and says he'll be better in a few days.

[Note on back of envelope] Your letter of May 23 just come

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