T. E. Lawrence to his mother
My head is singing like a kettle, after flying to Portsmouth and back today (Schneider Cup Committee meeting). It rained here heavily last Saturday. So I only went over to Plymouth (by ferry) and sent you a wire.
Next week and the week after, and the week-end after that I am engaged, on duty and other things. So my next free week-end is June 29. You will be in Droitwich then, I expect: and it would be better if I stayed that week in camp, and did not go out till July.
I have not done any Homer since the week after Easter. Very busy every day on R.A.F. work.
As yet I can't say what will be my movements in July and August, during the Schneider period. May go up only just before the race (Sept. 7) and spend its two or three days on a yacht, and not visit Calshot at all: or may spend 5 weeks in Calshot. Arrangements will not be settled till July 15th. I will let you know as soon as I know. If we go up only at the last moment I shall not be able to go ashore at all. It would be flying-boat to yacht, and return by air: that's what we did today.
My head is stupid, so I won't write more.
|Last revised:||14 February 2006|
T. E. Lawrence chronology
1888 16 August: born at Tremadoc, Wales
1896-1907: City of Oxford High School for Boys
1907-9: Jesus College, Oxford, B.A., 1st Class Hons, 1909
1910-14: Magdalen College, Oxford (Senior Demy), while working at the British Museum's excavations at Carchemish
1915-16: Military Intelligence Dept, Cairo
1916-18: Liaison Officer with the Arab Revolt
1919: Attended the Paris Peace Conference
1919-22: wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1921-2: Adviser on Arab Affairs to Winston Churchill at the Colonial Office
1922 August: Enlisted in the Ranks of the RAF
1923 January: discharged from the RAF
1923 March: enlisted in the Tank Corps
1923: translated a French novel, The Forest Giant
1924-6: prepared the subscribers' abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom
1927-8: stationed at Karachi, then Miranshah
1927 March: Revolt in the Desert, an abridgement of Seven Pillars, published
1928: completed The Mint, began translating Homer's Odyssey
1929-33: stationed at Plymouth
1931: started working on RAF boats
1932: his translation of the Odyssey published
1933-5: attached to MAEE, Felixstowe
1935 February: retired from the RAF
1935 19 May: died from injuries received in a motor-cycle crash on 13 May
1935 21 May: buried at Moreton, Dorset