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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Florence Bell

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Gertrude Bell
Lady Florence Bell
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Feb 14 Dearest Mother. Gerald's examination seems to be settled for the end of March - the exact date is not yet known - in which case Auntie Mary will stay in England till the first week in April, I think therefore that I will settle to stay here till the end of the week after you come and then go to Rounton for three weeks or so; what do you think of that for a plan? Of course I should really prefer to be at 95 with you, I have such a home sickness for you at times Mother mine, but I imagine that that would be difficult to manage and inconvenient. If you think it could be done however, it would be nice.
Horace came here about 3 on Saturday and we walked to Kensington Sq where I took him to call on Mrs Green. It was pleasant and amusing. We had a great talk about the position of women which was a little droll; Horace was entertained. Mrs Green told me that Mr York Powell had said to her - this is not a becoming story and suited for the ears of one's very immediate family only! that I was the only girl he had ever examined who knew how to use books or had read things outside the prescribed course and that he thought I had got into the heart of my subject. What a very little daring it takes to deceive his misguided sex!

This afternoon I went with Auntie Mary to call on Lady Stanley who was extremely amiable and told me to come again. She wanted to know the name of some history which began history from the beginning, but I never heard of any but Sir Walter Raleigh's, did you?

I went on to Audley Sq where appeared Bernard Holland. He and Flora and Harold and I had a long and amusing talk; he asked much and affectionately after Maurice whom he does not know except by report. He is going to dine at the Macmillans' on Friday when I dine there. I am glad for I like him.

Lady Edward and Mr Chirol dined here last night and one of the Egerton boys came in in the evening. Poor Lady Edward was very sad; she talked much of Victor who is wildly interested by his political work. What a delightful career he has before him!

I send you a letter of Maurice's. You did pay Gerald. You must not tell him that you hear he is ill as he says you are not to know, but I have written like a Mother to him about it. Goodbye dearest Mother. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

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