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Updated June 2012

T. E. Lawrence to Clare Sydney Smith

13, Birmingham Street,


Yes, indeed. All my programmes fail: all my expectations are falsified. Instead of staying several nights in London, I spent only four hours: up at 2 p.m.: down at 6 p.m.

My next visit will be 'one day' next week, to see the Motor Cycle Show at Olympia. It will be a day visit only. Next night visit - about December 8. I want to see you. Will you send me one more line, to say where Canning Place is, for a traveller by bus or tube: no bike and no taxis.

I spent an irregular last week. Air Ministry Thursday. Southampton Thurs. night. Oxford Friday. Clouds Hill Saturday. Hythe (via Salisbury) Sunday. That meant nearly 400 miles riding!

Your letters waited here. Also a wire from Carlow, wanting to see me. If you see him, will you explain that I am not a ready writer?



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Source: GR 228-9
Checked: jw/
Last revised: 4 July 2006


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