There is a "plain text" mode in Gmail that might suffice. Click the grey 
down arrow and select "Plain text mode". I'm not sure if it will meet the 
requirements, but it might be worth a shot before you start installing and 
configuring an additional email client.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 12:30:00 PM UTC-4, wrote:
> Thanks! Could you suggest one? I used to use Pine on Telnet back in the 
> day, but that was pre Gmail.
> On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:16:32 AM UTC-6, Konstantin Khomoutov 
> wrote:
>> ^^^ This one.  The Git mailing list accepts only plain text messages. 
>> Even multipart/alternative messages containing both plain text and HTML 
>> parts containing the same text (semantically) are not accepted. 
>> It appears, that the gmail web interface does this, unfortunately. 
>> Please try sending your mail from a simple no-frills mail client and 
>> make sure you have HTML crap turned off in its settings (if it has 
>> these).  Namely, Thunderbird uses HTML by default. 

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