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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

In which Bell writes that she is sending books for Hugo and that her sister, Mary, has been unwell during the night. She notes the return of Miss Thomson and discusses travel plans before adding that she has planted violets in the kitchen garden.
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Bell, Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Red Barns Coatham, Redcar. Dearest Mother. We are sending Hugo some books which I hope may interest him. Molly had a very slight attack last night - scarcely anything however, and leaving no effects today. She was a naughty girl, for after receiving strict injunction from Hunt to eat nothing but cocoa and bread and butter she came down with a guileless face and partook of a large breakfast of eggs and marmalade! I didn't know she had been ill at all. I rebuked her; she was a great darling but offered no explanations.
Miss Thomson has returned looking much better, and surprised and delighted to see how well the little girls are. They are certainly very blooming, both of them.

I have sent Mrs Pritchard her presentation dress. I shall wait and see what Papa's moves are and probably come up on Tuesday or Wednesday - I should think I could go to 98 on Wednesday, or would you rather I waited till Thursday? I have sent you some volumes of F.B. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

The violet frame is made and the violets planted in the kitchen garden. How nice it will be having them in January won't it!

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