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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to A. B. Watt


Military Intelligence Office
War Office, Cairo

[undated but c. June 1916]

Dear Watt

This is only a little scribble: of course I'd want your help if we were going to A: and I think the French would also; (mixed force, with enough of ours to justify an extra Intelligence Officer). You would get local and temporary rank - if my will was done, and be attached to the Intelligence Dept. No unit, but a Staff job. Your Company would recognise this. You would be able to look after their root interests in the province, meanwhile, or in your spare time.

No spying: Intelligence is mostly topography, (guiding, advising as to products, routes, people, etc.) and interpretation: interrogation of prisoners.

This is all in the air: nothing is proposed, settled or intended at present.

Pay would be about 15/- a day: and some £50 for outfit. Discharge when you wished, practically, at any rate as soon as local operations ended.

Don't say anything about it.

Yours sincerely

T. E. Lawrence

Source: DG 198-9
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006


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