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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith

13, Birmingham Street,



Aug. 13-17 - Bridlington
Aug. 18 - road to Southampton
Aug. 19 - Hythe
Aug. 20 - Fareham
Aug. 21 - Cowes -preliminary trials of pinnace
Aug. 22 - Air Ministry
Aug. 23 - Cowes (acceptance trials)

Have now written to P.S. (who also wrote and wired while I was in Yorkshire) to say that you suggest me for Manston on Monday, Aug. 28. So would Sat. - Sund. (26 and 27) suit him, or Tuesday 29?

When he replies I will telegraph you and suggest that I be picked up at G/C Barton's aerodrome at Hamble either on Sat. morning, Aug. 26, and flown to Lympne: or on Monday Aug. 28, and flown to Manston. Later movements to be settled as need arises. I shall have to get back to Hamble somehow by Wed., 30 Aug.

Alas: for me to move so far for so long requires a time-table like H.R.H. to the Scillies. One wet day will crash the whole programme. After I leave the R.A.F. I shall be firm, and refuse ever to go anywhere to programme. I shall blow with the wind, sleep like a poppy and eat like a cormorant. After I leave the R.A.F.... and never a letter! Not one.... Heaven.


P.S. -  Sir Philip Sassoon.
G/C Barton's aerodrome - Group-Captain Robert Barton, Air Services Training School, Hamble.

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Source: GR 221-2
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 4 July 2006


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