23 June 1915

I got a letter yesterday asking for more details of what I am doing.
Well, drawing, and overseeing the drawing of maps: overseeing printing and packing of same: sitting in an office coding and decoding telegrams,
interviewing prisoners, writing reports, and giving information from 9a.m. till 7p.m. After that feed and read, and then go to bed. I’m sick of pens, ink and paper: and have no wish ever to send off another telegram.”

T. E. Lawrence to his family (The Home Letters of T. E. Lawrence and His Brothers, edited by M. R. Lawrence, published by Blackwell, 1954).

Perhaps with one mind on the censor, Lawrence reveals only sketchy details of his work in letters to his family written from Cairo at this time.