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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her half-sister, Mary 'Molly' Trevelyan [née Bell]

Mentions CPT's operation, and time spent in Palestine with Hugh Bell (adds that missing time with family is perhaps "hair shirt" of her work). Discusses nature of letters to her father, mentioning that they act as diaries and will form material when she writes book of Iraq. Expresses sadness that she does not know her nieces and nephews better but states that perhaps "it's impossible to be the complete aunt in the one hand and guide the steps of an Oriental monarch in the other. And the latter seems to have become my business in life." Talks to belief in her "Chief" and having won the trust of the people in the East. Talks of Faisal, "his shortcomings in a way only make him the more lovable because they make him need our help". Talks of colleagues and friendship, feeling happiness - "It's the sort of happiness which is like god's when he made the world and thought it was good - we're making a good world on the firm basis of trust and affection. And upon my soul, Moll, I believe what we are doing will ultimately go far to re-establish all our relations with Asia on new and right lines". "Well, this is me living, and I sometimes fear it can't be meritorious because everything I do is a thing I like doing; there should be a suspicion of a hair shirt somewhere. But search as I ? I can't find one. A shocking affair."
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Trevelyan [née Bell], Lady Mary [Molly]
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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