Cookie policy: on www.telstudies.org we use analytics cookies to understand how visitors use the site. The anonymous information they provide suggests improvements and alerts us to technical errors. For more information, see our cookies page, which also explains how to block or remove cookies.  Search T. E. Lawrence Studies
Loading

Contents lists



Updated July 2012

T. E. Lawrence to his mother


Jebail

Jan. 10 1911

Your letter just come: Dec. 22... will write to the Canon... later. Arnie shall have coins. I have collected some half dozen already. Some duplicates will come: for Πενων. If Cristoid films are out of date, or making, you must choose another sort, but get Cristoids if possible: flat films, cut, ¼ plate, in any case not Kodoid. Arnie's jackal may be difficult: there are heaps of them howling round the house every night, but they seem to cling to the bushy part of their tails: however I will ask Abdullah about it. Arnie will enjoy Greek. I enclose Will two or three inscriptions; the seal is curious. I would be glad if he would ask Leeds about it and let me know: the man wants to sell it. I have bought, for 3/1 an Arabic prayer book of 1145 A.D. small, but very well written. I want it as a model to learn writing from. The modern hands are unsatisfactory.

About money: I have enough for the present purposes (I don't know how much, and it would involve a search to find out). So it doesn't much matter. I enclose Cook's paper: put in what amount you please; if it is equally convenient send me enough, at a lump, for my July-September wandering (£8-0-0) and my return (about £16-0-0) for expenses must be past paying for now. Miss Holmes is perfectly suited with a cheque, for her bank takes all such and settles them as in Europe. I am returning Cook's paper filled up: I don't know what you will do with it, if anything: but it seems fairly safe to send it back. I have no pen at all which is readable. Time out here is quiet: get up about sunrise, (6) and bed soon after 12 or 1. It is a little chilly in the evenings, too much so as to sit up late. Fine weather the last fortnight. I do little beyond Arabic, photographs, and receive visits from antiquity-mongers. But the manuscripts are the best things. Of modern books I have only a Koran and an Antar: neither to be understanded yet.  I have learnt how leben is made: it will all come on to you next letter when I have time. Mr. New's little drawing is very lovely: I'll send him a line to say so. About Arnie's Greek: let him bear in mind that it is a living language, and that nothing in it is without significance: above all it is the antithesis of everything 'natural', the most artificial of all things in art and life, and literature: artificial in a neutral sense. Will please explain these utterances. I am, according to Miss Holmes, eating well, and sleeping well: she sends you this for your material comfort. If it is so wet and cold in England you and Father are no doubt in distress: please emphasize on him the desirable climate further South: then as soon as Arnie is grown up you will get away. We get The Times here so I am up to date. Take care of yourselves: England is an unrestful country, and the risks of life and health very much greater than here: I wonder if Winckworth will come out? Only six weeks off now.

N.

Back to top



Copyright, privacy, contact | Cookies help