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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 Dec [sic] 6 Dearest Father. I must send you a word though it is very late. Lord Robert and Ian Malcolm came over this evening - we have just been dining with them and have had a heart to heart talk, which has been most satisfactory. We are going to start an office at Rouen I think and hope. The Russells will take charge of it and I am to have Tiger Howard here. I shall like having her and in some ways it will be easier, for as it is I really run the office here and have to pretend not to, and it is far more trouble to me, as you may imagine. I had a long talk with Mr Fabian Ware tonight - a poseur I think him. He is the sort of man who stands pressing your hand in his and looks deeply into your eyes! However he appears to be very grateful for our lists and things and delighted to heap all his information upon us, which is the one thing I want. As for Lord R. he is quite delightful. And he is satisfied with the way things have been done here - I think more than satisfied, which is a great relief to my mind. He contemplates making this more and more of a centre and I think it will become the real distributing place of information for which, geographically it is best fitted. They all seem to want that and I need not say I'm ready to take it all. The more work they give, the better I like it. Sir Arthur Nice has sent me an excellent memorandum about what they are doing as to exchanging news with Germany. It really gives me something to go upon. Lord R. is delighted and I only hope the Germans won't play up. But that is always the weak point. I must go to bed. Good night dearest. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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