Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to A. B. Watt
Military Intelligence Office
War Office, Cairo
Many thanks for your letter in June last. I couldn't answer it, either then or now, as this Dardanelles show lags all the time. Of course you understand that you will be 'wanted' if ever we go your way:- and there's an off chance of it. Only the big show must go wrong or right first. I never knew quite so leisurely a proceeding though!
For the enclosed business:- are you a map-reader? Because this thing is new, and very bad in places, and I want corrections where possible. Old Beard would be the man:- but he is missing!
Will you run over your routes in it, knock out what you see is wrong, and put it in right if you can: also where there is room, and you know other villages, can you fit them in? Corrections should be in red.
I'm not sending you hills:- only a
proof of the black and blue: and despite my example of speed in reply to
letters I'll ask for it
back fairly soon. Remember me to Mrs. Watt, and Mr. Lorimer.
P.S. The D.H.P. Rly is right... and the Orontes course should be right also: they are proper surveys. The coast is Admiralty chart, for which not much can be said probably. Gebel Riha and Gebel Barisha are from American Expedition's maps.
|Last revised:||1 January 2006|
T. E. Lawrence chronology
1888 16 August: born at Tremadoc, Wales
1896-1907: City of Oxford High School for Boys
1907-9: Jesus College, Oxford, B.A., 1st Class Hons, 1909
1910-14: Magdalen College, Oxford (Senior Demy), while working at the British Museum's excavations at Carchemish
1915-16: Military Intelligence Dept, Cairo
1916-18: Liaison Officer with the Arab Revolt
1919: Attended the Paris Peace Conference
1919-22: wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1921-2: Adviser on Arab Affairs to Winston Churchill at the Colonial Office
1922 August: Enlisted in the Ranks of the RAF
1923 January: discharged from the RAF
1923 March: enlisted in the Tank Corps
1923: translated a French novel, The Forest Giant
1924-6: prepared the subscribers' abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1927-8: stationed at Karachi, then Miranshah
1927 March: Revolt in the Desert, an abridgement of Seven Pillars, published
1928: completed The Mint, began translating Homer's Odyssey
1929-33: stationed at Plymouth
1931: started working on RAF boats
1932: his translation of the Odyssey published
1933-5: attached to MAEE, Felixstowe
1935 February: retired from the RAF
1935 19 May: died from injuries received in a motor-cycle crash on 13 May
1935 21 May: buried at Moreton, Dorset