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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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7 Hans Place Feb 18 Dearest Mother. Will you thank Hugo from me for the Postal Orders - I had completely forgotten that debt tell him.
Yesterday afternoon I walked with Flora. She told me the details of an interesting story which I had already heard in outline - the quarrel between Lady Carlisle and the Cobden Sandersons. They went to stay at Naworth this Xmas and quarrelled so fearfully that in the end Lady C. ordered them to leave the house! This they could not do because two of their children had the influenza and were very ill; she insisted that go they must, children or no children, and would have driven them out if the doctor had not refused to let them go. Finally Mr C.S. went to Brampton and Mrs C.S. stayed on in the house nursing her children, never seeing Lady C, and having all her meals in her own room. Fancy what a situation! They have only just returned and Mr C.S. is frantic.

This afternoon I called on the Lushingtons where I met Mr Clough; it was amusing.

Gerald, Florence and I dined with Miss Lascelles yesterday. I do think she is such a nice woman. We all dine at Devonshire House tonight. Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

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