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T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith


Hythe,

23.VI.32.

It goes on. Good that I wired cancelling that week-end; for the boat only got to Beachy Head and there swamped itself. We put into Newhaven and returned by road. Since, I have been running trials of the two target boats and over-timing, as usual. It must be a defect in my make-up which compels me to be too keen upon the matter in hand. The Basra boat of the 200 class is still here, waiting its copper sheathing. The Admiralty held the business up for months. I hope it may be shipped in August.

About Trenchard. You are mistaken. Since he resigned, his opinion has not once been asked about an Air Force matter - or expressed. The Air Staff made it a clean cut. He is sorry about it. So he cannot help Biffy. I wish something might be done, but cannot do it myself. That would make things worse, I fear.

Yours,

T.E.S.
 

Marvellous weather, this month. Think of the foxgloves in our quarry. They must be perfect. Poor Biscuit: dry in her shed.

Source: GR 188-9
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 3 July 2006


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