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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to C. M. Doughty

[Carlton Hotel, Pall Mall, London, crossed out]


Dear Mr. Doughty,

It is exceedingly good of you to have written to me: and it happened just when I had made up my mind that I must write to you, and tell you that I had been over much of your country, (more securely and comfortably, but in somewhat the same fashion) meeting many of the people, and sons of the people who knew you out there. It has been a wonderful experience, and I have got quite a lot to tell.

I'm afraid it is not likely to be written for publication, since some of it would give offence to people alive, (including myself!) but I hope to get it put on paper soon.

When I can, I want to come down to Eastbourne and see you. That will not be till after the Peace Conference, I expect. Meanwhile I must tell you that I got a copy of Arabia Deserta the other day: the genuine edition!

I'm too late for Christmas: but my very best New Year wishes.

Yours sincerely,

T. E. Lawrence

P.S. I haven't any initials after my name - except B.A., which it is unusual to put!

Source: DG 271
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 14 January 2006

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