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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

In which Bell discusses household finances and notes that she has visited Clarence to prepare for the nursing lecture which will be held the following day, presumably for the women of the Mothers' Meetings.She adds that her health is improved.
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Bell, Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Red Barns Coatham, Redcar. Dearest Mother. I think the reason the books were so high was because of the dinner party - it was before I began to keep house wasn't it, so I am not responsible. Though I feel as if I were!
I paid everything but the butcher with what you sent and had over £1 balance which I have kept for the next time.

I went to Clarence today and arranged about the nursing lecture tomorrow - there were a lot of things to prepare for it. Then I paid some visits and came home with Papa at 4.35. Molly and I have since been picking cowslips in the fields. It is so heavenly here with all the things coming out and the grass growing long. I am glad I'm here!

My cold is much better and I don't think I made it worse today. I have gone down several pounds these last two days! but I'm all right now.

I called on a lady called McShane who talked a great deal about you and how you had comforted her 13 years ago when her little daughter died. She said she liked you so much because she "met you quite in the talk" from which I gather you were very affable! She longs to see you again. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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