Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother Florence Bell, estimated to have been written on the 2nd of July, 1890.
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July 2. 95 Sloane Street. Dearest dear Mother. It is so flat and horrid without you. I hope you find your husband a consolation to you, you see I haven't one to console me, that's why I miss you so much.
The match ended early. We arrived at about one, found the chag[?] and established ourselves with the Pattinsons till two when everyone lunched. Maurice appeared soon after and I strolled about with him and talked to people in the entr'acte. I met Mrs. Lang who was famishing and brought her back to lunch - she eat an extremely good one and I talked to Mr. Lang the while. He was very amusing. We discussed theatrical people, he said he didn't like Coquelin and that kind of person. I remarked that I had noticed that but that personally I always liked them on their own subject. He gave a little snort at that. Does this make you feel angry!
There were some awful women on Uncle Hugh's chag[?], painted and powdered and dyed, Lady(!) Somebody and her friend, however they didn't mingle at all. By then it was all over; I found the Talbots and they all came and had strawberries and cream at our table; Lady Pease and Ethel to whom I talked a little, and other people, but on the whole the ground was rather empty. I came home about 5 o'clock and found Gerald having tea with Sophie and MaBell Ellis. We sat in the garden and talked till past 6 when he went away. The children were dressed by this time, so I read to them in the drawing room and afterwards had a long conversation with Molly till it was time to dress when I sent her to bed, poor lamb, for her cold had made her tired. Maurice is dining with the Pattinsons, he goes back to Eton this evening.
Now I'm going to play picquet with Grandmamma. Mother dearest, three score years and ten is very long isn't it! Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.
Joy! you have left some stamps behind!
I am sending you back the Academy.