T.E. Lawrence ALS, 4pp, 9/2/1920, with letter of Provenance
Lot 2235
LAWRENCE, THOMAS EDWARD. 1888-1935.
Sold for US$ 7,800 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
LAWRENCE, THOMAS EDWARD. 1888-1935.
Autograph Letter Signed (“T.E. Lawrence”), 4 pp recto and verso, 8vo (conjoining leaves), Oxford, September 2, 1920, to H.R. Hadley, on printed letterhead of All Souls College, leaf creased and moderately soiled; together with a 1941 ALS of Hadley confirming that he served with Lawrence in Arabia.

Lawrence writes to an old colleague, whose name (but not face) he remembers: “I’m glad you found Arabia interesting. It was of course most interesting for me, because I understood all the Arab side of it. I often used to wonder whether you were not having a very dull time of it. I used to be up country on stunts nearly always, and many of you had to live in the dust & heat and flies of Akaba … I wonder if you were of the Mudowwarah party which at last took the place? We had four boss shots at it, and took it the fifth try, when the I.C.C. came along and rushed it in the dark. Marshall was there, for the second, fourth, & fifth tries.” In Hadley’s letter to the woman who originally purchased the letter, he claims that he was part of the Mudowwarah incident, “& was there when the Imperial Camel Corps—who trekked from Egypt across Sinai to Akaba—stormed the three redoubts not far from the Station, before dawn, & then on to the station itself, which was soon put out of action by the ‘demolition experts.’”
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