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T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers



Dear B.R.

Two letters l owe you. l am so sorry. The abstracts I liked were written by Hobbes.* About the time of Charles II. If you do not like them, then I will do you what I can, if you will tell me what length each should be.

Twice lately I have sat down to get ahead with the work, and each time I have been sent for. Patience. Soon there will be some more script for you. Have begun book IX.

This page you send is beautiful: very light and sharp, and not prickly. The paper is light and clean. It will be an 'airy' book. I must try and be less solemn and measured in my rendering, to match your gaiety of letter. It is going to be a fine and distinguished piece pf printing.

I hope the gold problem will solve itself happily. I like the notion of it: indeed I see again how fortunate I am to be able to help make such beauty.

You suggested my correcting the faults W______ found, in proof think: is that right? The less one hacks about the proofs the better, surely. It is as you please, of course.

Yours sincerely

T E Shaw

*The same Hobbes, I think, as wrote Leviathan.

Source: BR1 [39-40]
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 8 July 2006

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