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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Edward Marsh


I don't know that you read prose, except on official subjects: this is unofficial. They are objective extracts* from a MSS story I wrote of Feisal's campaign.

I was short of cash, and wrote these for an American magazine, which was willing to blow £1000 on the speculation.

Now I'm going to get my £1000 by the sweat of my brain: so these retire into the darkness again.

They may make you laugh: and after all it's not like a telephone call. You needn't unhook them: they can be minuted back to me saying 'have seen' or 'good': or 'most amusing': or 'I really think you ought to publish them'.

These are only suggestions.

I don't ever want to see them again: but they would be difficult to destroy: so perhaps you might return them next year or so.


*35,000 words: 10% of the whole.

Source: DG 328
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 26 January 2006

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