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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to C. M. Doughty

2 Smith Square,

28. 1. 21

Dear Mr. Doughty,

I hope to come down to Eastbourne on Wednesday next, arriving about half-past three, and leaving in the evening. I have had a great deal to do lately, and am still very busy.

About Arabia Deserta. Feisal would not wait for his large-paper copy, but is having the ordinary edition read to him, and is enjoying it very much. He is most tolerant, and would not take offence at what was said about Islam, in any case. And in A.D. there is nothing very bad about Islam. These forty years have changed the Moslems very much.

When the weather gets warmer Feisal is going to drive down to you some day, and call. I am sure you will like him.

The portrait is to be regretted. One is necessary, I think, but it should not have been the old one. I'll try and exclude it from my private copy. These large-paper copies are going, inshallah, to be very sumptuous.

However we can talk of this when we meet.

Yours sincerely

T E Lawrence

Source: DG 234-5
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 26 January 2006


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