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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Major R. H. Scott


Grand Continental Hotel
Cairo.

14. 10. 1918

Dear Scott,

Many thanks for your wire. As we hoped we got to Damascus, and there I had to leave the Arabs - it is a pity to go, and it would have been unwise to stay. I feel like a man who has suddenly dropped a heavy load - one's back hurts when one tries to walk straight.

I'm off, out of Egypt. This old war is closing, and my use is gone. I'm afraid you will be delayed a long time, cleaning up all the messes and oddments we have left behind us.

I have only one thing in Akaba which I value - my engraved British rifle. Please see that it reaches Cairo safely. My regards to the Staff - and my very best thanks to you and them. We were an odd little set, and we have, I expect, changed history in the near East. I wonder how the Powers will let the Arabs get on.

Yours sincerely

T. E. Lawrence

Source: DG 258
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 14 January 2006


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