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Baghdad July 20. Dearest Mother. This has been a very uneventful week and I have nothing much to add to my letter to Father, except that I've read Sayonara and think it excellent. Also another novel I thought very clever is God's Step Children by Millin - have you read it?
I'm so sorry about Iltyd Clayton. I have written to him this week. He wasn't at all well when he left. He was just recovering from one of the forms of typhoid. I do hope he isn't very bad. I've written to him this week. He is a very attractive creature, isn't he. I miss him very much; he is one of my great allies.
But Ken I miss most; we're so hand in glove over everything here and we work together so much. I never really know what is going on in the Palace and the Cabinet when he isn't here. And I have a very uneasy feeling that there is no one to control them while he is away.
I can't think who Pringle or Tindle can be.
Your letters are delightful. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.