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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to his family

Military Intelligence Office


Well, here's another week gone, and nothing has happened or is happening, except an occasional Turkish feint on the canal: it's very hit here, with a Khamsin blowing so that we have to keep all doors and windows shut. The shade temperature outside the office is 115° just now. Yesterday it was 112°, but it cools down to 95° or 100° at night; it has gone up to 117° now: it must really be rather like the Persian Gulf, and yet it doesn't feel at all oppressive.

We are very busy just now. I don't really know what with: there is a lot of telegraphing to do, in cipher, which takes a long time - and we have other work, and besides I have 6 maps in hand being drawn.

Wainwright passed through yesterday, going to England. He had been digging in Egypt for some weeks.

Tell Arnie to get out Collignon's book on Greek scuplture. There is a beautiful frontispiece of a head in the Louvre.


Source: HL 305
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006

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