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|Archive||Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
|Letter Date||March 1915
|Address From||Kensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
|Who To||John Hodgson
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to John Hodgson, March 1915, Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions from October 1914 to July 1915. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper. It has been dated by reference to when Muirhead spoke about 'the invention' to Schreiner.
1: Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2: Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4: Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5: De Vere Gardens, W.
7: Dear Mr Hodgson
9: Will you do me a great favour. If you can lay your hand on that little
10: book of mine on the Union will you at once send me on a post card the
11: name & address of the publisher I’ve clean forgotten it, & must
12: write to him.
14: The oldest & dearest man friend of my girlhood, whom I have always
15: felt to be a wonderful genius, called to see me last night on his way
16: back from Portsmouth to Glasgow, where he is a mathematical professor.
17: He has just just made a wonderful invention which if it works will
18: revolutionize sea war very largely. The Admiralty are looking into it
19: & think very well of it. You can fancy how excited I am for him, by
20: increasing the danger of war you don’t increase wars, their cause
21: lies ^is^ is the basser qualities of the Human heart.
23: Yours ever
24: Olive Schreiner
The 'little book' of Schreiner's is Closer Union
, which originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader
on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times
on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909.