Mlle Souvestre to Mrs Strachey

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Written from Bengeval. Overjoyed to get the letter announcing that they can come to visit her at Les Ruches in the Autumn. The arrangements at Beneval turned out to be most unsatisfactory. They had to stay there a month. But forget all these trials and concentrate on the joyous prospect of seeing them all on 29 Sep 1872. There is room at Les Ruches for everybody. Recounts how Bartle [the fifth son of Lady Grant, Mrs Strachey's mother] spent 5 or 6 days at Beneval with them and went with them on their excursion to see the famous chateaux of the Loire. They would have kept him for the month but there was no room available. Recounts sad news of the death of Sarah Smith, a beautiful young girl who her friend had often met. Relates a tale about Gambetta told them by a man who was the confidential Secretary of Gambetta all the time he was in power and who left him only in Bordequx fifteen days before the surrender of Paris to go and organise a military movement.