Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother Florence Bell, estimated to have been written in July 1890.
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The Ridgeway Shere Guildford Dearest dear Mother. I do wonder how your dinner party will go; it will be very amusing I expect. I rather thought you would not want me to be of it since I am not to enter the doors of 98, still I am very sorry. You will probably have written to me before you receive this; I shall not mind at all if you have told me to come back, though it is very delicious here. Margaret Stanley, the two Russell girls and I are alone, the others arrive from Paris tomorrow. All the girls met me at the station, we had a charming drive home, arrived in time for tea, after which we played tennis till dinner. After dinner we strolled about the garden till it was too cold then came in and talked and read till bed time.
I did enjoy myself so much at Oxford - Papa will have told you that we had a good time together, I will tell you all my stories when we meet. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.