Margaret Benson (1865-1916) came from an extraordinary family. Her father was the Archbishop of Canterbury and her mother was a strikingly independent woman. The six younger Bensons distinguished themselves in many different fields. All were scholars and authors. None ever married. Maggie was one of the first women to study at Oxford University and the first to receive official permission to excavate in Egypt. This letter to her mother was written when Maggie and her brother were travelling in France.