- [Lawrence, T.E.]
- Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. [Privately Printed, 1926]
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In the event, it was dealing with the tax demands from the Inland Revenue arising out of Lawrence's complex Trust arrangements which would consume Eliot's time in the years ahead. Lawrence had promised to his subscribers that he would take no money from the publication of Seven Pillars; later he was to create a separate trust (the Anonymous Education Fund) for the copyright of Revolt in the Desert, to benefit children of disabled or deceased RAF officers. In 1931 the Inland Revenue made a claim for income tax on the fund, and there followed an enormous amount of negotiation and correspondence between the revenue and Lawrence's representatives, with E.G. Eliot at the centre, to resolve the issue. The appeal on behalf of Lawrence against the claim seems to have been lost in 1932. The fund, however, later renamed the Lawrence of Arabia Fund, continued to operate and by 1935 was educating thirteen children a year. It remains part of the RAF Benevolent Fund to this day. See Andrew Simpson, Another Life: Lawrence after Arabia.