Letter from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Doughty-Wylie to Gertrude Bell concerning the effects of Gertrude's words in her letters, praises Gertrude's book Palace and Mosque at Ukhaidir: A Study in Early Mohammadan Architecture and complains of ill health

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Concerning a long and opaque love letter in which Charles wonders at the effect of Gertrude's words. Briefly notes meetings with the Abyssinian Ministers of the Interior and Telegraph. Wishes that Gertrude could see Abyssinia but believes that it will likely never happen. Letter dated 26 May 1914, a brief note in which Charles confesses that he is 'a little afraid' of kisses, believing them to herald something uncontrollable. Letter dated 27 May 1914, reports that Gertrude's book on her excavations at Ukhaidir (Palace and Mosque at Ukhaidir: A Study in Early Mohammadan Architecture) has arrived. Fulsomely praises the book, and her abilities as an archaeologist and a writer. Letter dated 30 May 1914, a short note in which Charles complains of further ill health, including heart pains and rheumatism. Notes that he has received her letters from Beirut and Damascus.

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