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Auction: Auction 26.02.2004
was auctioned on: 26 February 2004
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LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). Autograph letter signed ("TE Lawrence") to General Gilbert F. Clayton, British Director of Intelligence in Egypt (later the Chief Secretary, Government of Palestine), enclosing a note for Sir Mark Sykes (not present), aboa...

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Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000
Price realised:  US$5,378
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LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). Autograph letter signed ("TE Lawrence") to General Gilbert F. Clayton, British Director of Intelligence in Egypt (later the Chief Secretary, Government of Palestine), enclosing a note for Sir Mark Sykes (not present), aboard the H.M.S. "Hardinge," 7 September 1917 (at the time, the "Hardinge" was in the Gulf of Akaba). 1 page, 4to, filing holes . Sykes, a British foreign officer, was a pro-Zionist and an advocate of Arab independence. The previous year he had concluded the Sykes-Picot Agreement which called for part of Palestine to be placed under a joint allied government (Britain, France, Russia). Lawrence writes: "I enclose a note which I wrote for Sir Mark Sykes. Some of it is really thirst for information and other is only a wish to stick pins into him. If you approve will you send it on? One must have the Jewish section cleared up and I fancy we may (if we win) clear up the French section ourselves. If you approve part and dislike part please black out the bad and send it as mutilated." Clayton has boldly pencilled in the blank portion beneath Lawrence's letter, "not sent/GFC."

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 26.02.2004
Date of the auction: 26 Feb 2004
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center