Letters

10 March 1902

From/To: Gertrude Bell to her stepmother, Dame Florence Bell

Monday 10th. [10 March 1902] Smyrna [Izmir]. Here I am again after a 12 hours' journey. It was however very amusing for in the train I found Mr Herbert Whittall with his daughter and niece coming down from a shooting expedition in the mountains. Now the Whittalls are the people of these parts and these particular ones are very nice delightful people and we made great friends during our 12 hours together - Mr Hatton brought us acquaint. So the upshot of it is that I am going to stay with them for a night tomorrow - they live one station off at a village called Burnabat [Bornova]! The Whittall girl was at Cheltenham where she met the Wrightsons and has stayed with them. I got Elsa's letter here and am much distressed to hear of Maurice's accident. I hope I shall hear presently how it happened and how he is, poor darling. I wonder if it was the new horse! I think I shall leave for Beyrout [Beyrouth (Beirut)] on Saturday or Monday. I shall have to go to Malcajik for a night or two before I go and I want if possible to go to a place near here where the Germans are excavating. M. Gaudin will arrange it for me. However I shall see about that tomorrow. This Mr Whittall is the uncle of the young man I met at Malcajik. There is an enormous colony of them. The girl is coming in to Smyrna tomorrow to fetch me.

My love and sympathy to Maurice. I am still being much entertained, as you see! and really this letter must not be allowed to grow any longer. Ever your affectionate daughter Gertrude.

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