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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith


Mount Batten

3.IV.33.

Here is Monday come, and my discharge due on Thursday, and not an indication from Air Ministry if I am to or not.

Extraordinary people.

I am carrying on as if to do, and have got rid of all my kit, except what I stand in. This last Saturday I ran a car-load of books, records, clothes and tools to my cottage, which is still in the throes of the builders, but looking peaceful despite it. I think it will do, as a harbour.

Gramophone already there, and the acoustics of the room wonderful. Strings are really 'woody' and ripe, in the cottage. All my records are there assembled, yards of them. But only a few books, as yet. The rest in London await the shelving's completion.

If my discharge comes I move to the cottage on Thursday, and to London on Friday. To Nottingham, Saturday and Sunday. So no Salcombe for me, I'm afraid.

If the discharge does not come through I will send five telegrams of cancellation and remain at Batten, very happy to see you and help you to biscuit!

To-night I am for London, to see Philip Sassoon by his arrangement. Return to-morrow night. How we gad about! Saw Lady Astor last night. She was asking after you. Ah, dear, I shall be glad when I know what is to be

Yours,

T.E.S.

Should I not be at Batten when you come, F/sqd. Sommers is your best help. I will give him word about petrol, oil, and crane - The G/C can tell W/C Andrews that it's all regular! The Biscuit is going beautifully.

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Source: GR 207-8
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 3 July 2006

 



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