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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to his family



Am in Rabegh - half way between Jidda and Yenbo - tonight, and have just heard that a mail is closing for England. So as I did not write last one here goes this one. I cannot write you details till I reach Egypt, which will not be for some two weeks or so yet. Things very interesting at Yenbo, where is Sherif Feisul, one of the Sons of the Sherif of Mecca. I left there three days ago, and ran down to Jidda, to do a little business am now going back, to stop a few days. Weather delightful, neither hot nor cold, with beautiful winds.

This letter will probably reach you a little after Christmas. I hope it will not be too wet again. All today I have been discussing Arabian geography and politics, which are the local topics. One has forgotten that there are other wars on.  If that silk headcloth with the silver ducks on it - last used I believed as a table-cloth - still exists, will you send it out to me? Such things are hard to get here now.


This is not a letter: only a substitute for a field post card.


Source: HL 332
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 2 January 2006


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