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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to his family

Military Intelligence Office


I haven't written since I got your wire as I was waiting for details. Today I got Father's two letters. They are very comfortable reading:- and I hope that when I die there will be nothing more to regret. The only thing I feel a little is, that there was no need surely to go into mourning for him? I cannot see any cause at all - in any case to die for one's country is a sort of privilege: Mother and you will find it more painful and harder to live for it, than he did to die: but I think that at this time it is one's duty to show no signs that would distress others: and to appear bereaved is surely this condemnation.

So please, keep a brave face to the world: we cannot all go fighting: but we can do that, which is in the same kind.


Source: HL 303-4
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006

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