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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Bertram Thomas

Myrtle Cottage,

21. XI. 31

Dear BT,

Will this reach you, or are you in the States? Both perhaps. I am on Southampton Water (nearly all day and part of the night, often) testing a new marine engine for the R.A.F. This note is to report my failure to make any foreword for your Arabia.1 If you, or it, had been a con-rod, how technically I should have balanced you and summed up - whereas all I feel is a great release and relief, at knowing that your book is good enough. Your journey is told as it deserves: no, hardly that perhaps, or it would be the best travel book ever yet. It is exceedingly well told and will live for generations. You are a fortunate man. The Foreign Office is displeased with you. You are doubly fortunate and distinguished. I'm getting envious.   

Yours sincerely,

T. E. Shaw

Source: DG 737
Checked: dn/
Last revised: 28 November 2008

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