Updated June 2012
T. E. Lawrence to Bruce Rogers
Dear B. R.
Indeed you were right. I had to wait till yesterday, when our bosses came here to try the boat, before I could say whether I could get to the Hornby lecture or not.
I am sorry to say it is 'not.' We are to go on testing the boat for at least ten days more, and will not have an easy time till after it is all over. It is a pity. I could have got up so quickly from here, as far as trains are concerned, and I should have liked to have heard him talking to experts.
Here is the proof back, with signed notes by myself You must play umpire now, and settle which text you prefer in each case. Cambridge is a little stiff here and there; and has once, by missing my meaning, shown up an ambiguity.
I've no means of checking the figure '26' in the first line.
T E Shaw
|Last revised:||16 July 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