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T. E. Lawrence to R. V. Buxton


29.12.30

Dear Robin

I hope you are hunting strongly. I am not. All my non-R.A.F. hours go on the musted and fish-smelly Odysseus.

My speed-boat busted a gear wheel and a propellor shaft: so I wrote to the makers for a spare, and asked them how I was to repay their kindness, they being near New York. They say that my Bank can arrange it.* Probably it can: though as dollars change from day to day it seems difficult. Something fresh my sending money to the States. Usually we receive it thence. All's fair, I suppose. Anyway the boat is good.

I may be in London next month, and will call at the new House - not that you'll be there, but I'd like to see how it feels, in use. I expect everything has settled down. I hope it works as well as it looks.

Yours

T.E.S.

* The exact phrase they use is 'You may pay us with a draft drawn on your Bank'. Now, how did they know I had a bank?

Source: DG 708-9
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 31 January 2006


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