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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Sydney Cockerell


25.xii.23

Dear Cockerell

Yes, I think Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill deserves well of the world. Ask him, will you, to write to me, or send me his address. I have to explain to each possible subscriber the hazards and disadvantages of the book, that no one may waste his money blind-eyed.

There will be about a hundred thirty-guinea copies: less if it costs less than £3000 to print, more if more. No time promised: but the work is started. About a year hence.

There seem to be quite a number of ultra-rich willing to pay. How they will curse when they get the dull thing!

No libraries: but God knows how many libel actions!

I refused Max Gate for Xmas. It is not good to be too happy often. May see Shaw tomorrow if I can wrangle a pass to Bournemouth, and transport thither.

The Rover - many many thanks. What a fine effort for a man who has written all he wants and is carried only by the momentum of old effort. Magnificent. He could write in his sleep;

It's awfully good of you to have sent me it.

Yours ever

T.E.S.

Source: SCC 360-1
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 1 January 2006


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