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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her father, Sir Hugh Bell

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Bell, Sir Thomas Hugh Lowthian
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Malcolm, Ian
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1 letter, paper

50.725231, 1.613334

Boulogne Thursday Dearest Father. Ian Malcolm has brought a motor over with him, so for the moment that's all we want. But I can't be certain that we may not want one later, for this whole thing is merely in course of organization, a Rouen branch is in prospect and I wish you wd hold your hand till I see what happens. It's fearful the amount of office work there is. We are at it all day from 10 till 12.30 and from 2 to 5 filing, indexing and answering enquiries. Yesterday, after 5, I went to see Mrs Charlie Furse at the Central rly station where she has her outstation and afterwards we went together to one of the big hospitals, at the Casino and talked to some of the men in one of the wards. A lot came in with frost bite last week; now it's warm and that won't occur. The Red X won't let any women make the enquiries at the hospitals, which is very silly, as it wd give us an occasional change of work, but of course I shall gradually make friends with C.O.s and sisters and go in after 5 whenever I like. Mrs Furse lunched with Diana and me today - interesting women. She is doing her job awfully well. Will you ask Gen. Bethune to send us out as complete a list as he can of the Territorial Battalions - something corresponding to the Army list for Regulars. Now that the Ts are out in considerable numbers we shall want it badly. As complete as possible - anyhow it will be better than nothing. Also can I have some sort of London address book for the office? An old Telephone Directory would do if you would send it next time you are in London. We have no books of reference.
Now I'm going to have a talk with the Bill Duncombes who are leaving next week. They're nice, but no loss as far as work goes. Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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