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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith


14, Barton Street,
Westminster,
London, S.W. I.

3rd August, 1931.

Delightful little notepaper, this of Baker's. It is saving me hours of time, for to-day I am writing ten letters to answer what I got last week.

I searched all the French Gramophone Company's lists last week, at Imhof's and Van Wyk's, for a Spiel Zigeuner disc from the Contessa Maritza. No trace: and the selection is only Marek Weber, worthless. Was it a German record, do you think, or can you find out what Company made it?

Otherwise I have hardly been out; it is all Odyssey and I am sicker than ever of that great work. It does not go as well as I had hoped, and probably I shall only just get it through by the end of August.

I am sorry to hear of the further change of plan. It is time somebody learnt his own mind. What will they settle in the end, I wonder? I value certainty, for myself, first of all gifts. Everything is bearable if you know it is fixed.

T.E.S.

No ink in house!

Source: GR 155
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 2 July 2006


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