Lot n° 157
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LAWRENCE Thomas Edward (1888-1935).
L.A.S. "TELawrence", November 18, 1922, to William Ormsby GORE; 1 page oblong in-8 (slight foxing), in blue half-maroquin folder; in English.
[William Ormsby GORE (1875-1964), who had served in Egypt during the First World War, had since become interested in Zionism, to which he remained attached throughout his life. In 1917, he became Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of the British government. He was the British liaison officer for the 1918 Zionist Mission to Palestine and a member of the British delegation to the Paris Peace Conference. He was appointed under-secretary to the Colonial Office in October 1922.
Lawrence had returned to England in 1918 to champion the cause of Arab independence, which he strongly believed in. He was a member of the British delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, working closely with Emir Faisal. By the end of 1920, his attempt to impose a British colonial administration in Iraq had provoked an open rebellion, followed by a costly repression. Winston Churchill was then appointed to the Colonial Office, and persuaded Lawrence, who had been campaigning in the press against government policy, to assist him as an adviser. Lawrence was instrumental in the accession of Faisal to the Iraqi throne, and in the creation of the Kingdom of Transjordan (later Jordan) under British rule. From then on, Lawrence rejected all offers of government posts, and enlisted under a false name in the Royal Air Force on August 28, 1922; when this subterfuge was discovered by the London press in December, he was immediately dismissed].
Lawrence congratulated Gore on his position at
C.O. [Colonial Office]. Circumstances will make the position more valuable than it usually is. He wishes him well in saving a few pieces from the wolves of the press, but it will be difficult and unpleasant. These poor Oriental creatures show ill grace to the help they cannot do without. Let him remain gracious to their follies, to the limit of his patience. The experience he will gain will benefit him, as it has benefited him, himself... ... "The circumstances will make your position in the latter more effective than it usually is. I hope you'll be able to save some of the pieces from the press wolves: but it will be difficult: and not pleasant for you. Those poor Eastern creatures are so impossibly ungracious toward help-and so unable to dispense with it. Be kind to their follies, to the limit of your patience. The practice gained from them will benefit you as it benefited me...
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