LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). Autograph letter signed (''T.E. Shaw'') to T.C. Griffin, R.A.F. Mount Batten, Plymouth, 17 April 1931. One page, 4to, with autograph envelope.
LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). Autograph letter signed ("T.E. Shaw") to T.C. Griffin, R.A.F. Mount Batten, Plymouth, 17 April 1931. One page, 4to, with autograph envelope.
Lawrence apologizes for not being able to remember his correspondent whom he had met on board the Hardinge fifteen years earlier, and states he wants to forget about his years in the Middle East. "...I was preoccupied with cares & weariness in those two war-years. So I hope you will pardon my not remembering one of you more than another... Nine years ago I enlisted, and have not thought about the Middle East since. The Air Force life suits me and I'm happy in it. So I cannot tell you anything about what happens now in the Red Sea. I don't write them, nor do they write to me. It wasn't a good time, and I like to forget it."
Of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, he writes dismissively: "I have not copy of my own, and have not seen the book for years. It's rather long, and I fancy dull. All the story part went into a popular version called Revolt in the Desert: but that's had it's day too! I hope your affairs aren't bad. Most people's are, alas."