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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

In which Bell describes a trip to the dentist with her sister Mary, noting Mary's reading during the journey and their conversation about the Windsor election and polling. She also discusses her financial situation and her Mother's health. She includes a request that her Father send her the Queen of Sheba, making reference to Poynter's painting, The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon.
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Bell, Dame Florence Eveleen Eleanore
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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April 3. Red Barns Coatham, Redcar. My dearest Mother. I came in too late for the parcel post, so your things shall be sent tomorrow. Molly and I returned by the 4.53 but we were very late and did not get in till 5.30. Fothergill put in a temporary stopping which he said would stop the aching for three weeks or a month. He wanted to put in one which would only last a week, but did not do so because I said she would be with you in a month and that you would then decide what was to be done. He offered no suggestions of any kind. The other tooth which has been aching is quite sound and has only ached for sympathy he says. Molly was a great darling. She brought the D.G. which she read with great interest. Presently she said "Gertrude, how old do you think Prince Alfred is?" "Prince Alfred?" "Yes" said Molly "Prince Alfred of Edinbrough [sic]. Because you know he has just been confirmed" with a business like air. Soon she came to fresh difficulties over the Windsor election and asked me what polling meant. As she pronounced it like Polly I had to consider some time before I found out what it was. We travelled first class for all the schools were breaking up and the rest of the train was full and full of people. Our journey, including cabs, came to 11/1d - will you send me some money for that and my Clarence journeys and our expedition on Tuesday to Egton, for I have none. I called on Miss Skinner this morning - she was friendly, but toothless, and alas! she had no wool on the top of her head, in the place where the cap ought to grow! I'm so sorry you are not well yet. I do hope St Leonards will recover you. I had a crise de neufs last night which kept me awake till 4 in the morning. I hope it was the last of a succession of indifferent nights, in consequence of which I have not felt very brisk today. I am sorry Fothergill's letter and my seeds were forwarded to you. I can't persuade Mary to show me your letters before they are sent to you - I suppose she thinks I shall intercept some important ones.
Will you give the enclosed to Papa and ask him if he would mind sending[?] the Queen of Sheba. She will be in London you see and I suppose Poynter will have done with her if the big picture is in the Academy this year. I think they would like it. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

I send Hugo's envelopes. There are no more. The books came to 4.7.6. will you send me a cheque.

You won't believe that Watson has sent your shoes here! They are being forwarded to you.

Isn't the dénoûment of the E.... story surprising. We've not found him an enviable gentleman have we!

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