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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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Lawley, Arthur
Malcolm, Ian
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Boulogne March 11 1915 Dearest Father. Lord Robert writes that we have to get the permission of the RAMC before having another car out. There is now an idea that your car would be sent to Rouen and I have therefore asked Sir Arthur Lawley  to write to the R.A.M.C. there. In any case (so I am informed by the R.A.M.C. here) it would be advisable to send the motor out by Rouen as the port here is very much congested and the motor might not be delivered for a very long time. I had a talk with Sir Arthur about finances yesterday from which I gather that they are a serious problem. I do not think Mr Malcolm is wise in embarking on a new car before he knows what money he has at his disposal.
They say in London that a Bellgian driver would not be acceptable to the French who look with suspicion on anyone with a French or Bellgian name who is not in the army. I have asked Sir Arthur what he thinks, but I should say it would chiefly depend on whether he had his proper passports and permits from England.

The net result is that I am not sure whether we shall be allowed to have another motor and I am telegraphing to you to that effect. I am very sorry to be so changeable but I had no idea that it was a question of RAMC permission. I think Mr Malcolm ought to have told me. We are sitting on edge for tidings of the results of the last engagement. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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