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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to A. B. Watt

Military Intelligence Office
War Office, Cairo


Dear Watt
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.

Yours sincerely

T.E. Lawrence

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.


Source: DG 199-200
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006

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