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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her father, Sir Hugh Bell

In which Bell writes from London and describes her journey with her Stepmother, noting that they passed through Vienna and Paris. Includes a postscript on the back of the envelope, asking about the latchkey.
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Bell, Sir Thomas Hugh Lowthian
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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June 2. 95 Sloane Street. Dearest dear Father. This is only the very littlest letter to tell you that I really am back again and that I am longing to see you. Do come up soon. We had a very comfortable journey but such a hot one! Both afternoons from midday to sunset we sat in our compartments panting with all the doors and windows open and the blinds down. One poor lady who came from Bucharest [Bucuresti] confided to me that the bore of this heat was that it defriséed you so. I had already noticed that for she sat all the afternoon in curl papers in the passage! At Vienna [Wien] we had an hour to wait, got out and had a delicious tea with wild strawberries and lots of Fliegandes Blätter. Up to now the train had been almost empty except for the poor hot lady but at Vienna crowds of people got in. However one conductor performed miracles of lying for us and kept us alone in our two little compartments so that we were perfectly comfortable all the way. But food was almost an impossiblity all Saturday for there were 90 passengers on the train and 60 places! Lunch lasted from Avicourt to Paris - Billy spent 2 hours in the dining room and had something to eat I believe but I did not attempt it and indeed it was far too hot to eat.
At Paris we found that we had half an hour more than we expected so, after ordering a very good dinner at a restaurant opposite the Gare du Nord, we took a cab and drove to the Place de la Concorde to see the Eifel [sic] Tower. We thought it looked very little and like an advertisement but we were very glad to have seen it. We had carriages to ourselves all the way to London but I didn't sleep and was awfully tired when I arrived. I went straight to bed and slept till lunch so as to fresh[?] for all our illustrations. Our party was very nice. I did not listen much to Coquelin because there were such a lot of people and it was so hot; but I had a long talk with Mr Lang whom I thought very nice and with Mr Crackenthorpe whose abrupt entrance Mother has told you about I think. I liked him too, and we three had a rather pleasant little crack[?] to ourselves.

I do so wish you were here. I half hoped you might might be. Do come soon! Ever your very affectionate daughter Gertrude.

[Note on back of envelope] Have you still got the latchkey from here? if so do[?] you need it back?

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