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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith

Mount Batten:

Saturday [25 March 1933].

Good: I shall be at Worthydown on Fiiday next, ready collection. Please make the hour 2 p.m., because then the pilot will have a quiet lunch. The Thursday-to-London isn’t, I think, possible. W/Cmdr. Andrews is now C.O. He shapes pretty well, too.

I wrote to P.S. telling him that I had sadly decided to get out. The feeling is like the sparrow fledgeling's, as it goes forth.

What a pen, what a pen! Nothing of concern here. Regards.


P.S. - Sir Philip Sassoon
This letter is printed in The Golden Reign as though it was written in early February 1933. Lawrence applied for discharge from the RAF on 6 March and wrote to Sir Philip Sassoon about it on 21 March. He visited the Smiths at Manston from 31 March to 2 April.


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