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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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Asquith, H.H.
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Sat. Dearest Father. Elsa is quite comfortable this morning. She slept a great deal yesterday and when she woke in the afternoon, she said it was the most comfortable waking she had had - no thumping of the heart or anything. Her nurse says she feels sure Parky will be satisfied when he comes today. The party at Sylvia's last night was the Malcolms (Angela's brother and his wife) the Henry Guests, a Russian diplomat boy and Francis Henley. I sat by Henry Guest who is, I think, one of the stupidest people I know. He said first what an excellent appointment was Seely's and how pleased the army would be. As all the soldiers I have heard speaking of it deplore it, I thought it better to maintain a discreet silence. He then went on to rejoice over Masterman's elevation to the P.C. and said he was the cleverest man in the House. I had to keep silence here too and as my part in the conversation was so negative I was glad when the talk shifted round and I could give my attention to Mr Malcolm for the rest of dinner. Mrs H. Guest was Nan Lyttleton, a charming creature. At the F.O. party Asquith was interpolated by 3 suffragettes, one of whom shook him on the stairs, taking him by the shoulders. He was furious and Mrs Asquith was so angry that she hit one of them with her fan. I had an interesting talk with Harold who said (in deepest confidence) that Seely was very opinionated and very interfering, but he hoped that the fact that he had reached the goal of his ambitions would improve him. He says Sir John French is just such another, but he has been lying very low and he hopes they mayn't quarrel. Sir Meiklejohn was so raging about the suffragettes that he could scarcely speak! Everyone asked why you were not there. I went to supper in the Secretaries' room. And I must tell you I got let in (not my fault) by the entrance reserved for royalties and hustled[?] all of the latter! Eric Bonham came and begged me to ask them to R'ton [Rounton] again and I said we wd go on the[?] .......... My love to you both GLB. I'm just off to Mother 10.15.

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