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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Hermann Kallenbach MSC 26/2.3.4
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
|Letter Date||2 October 1914
|Address From||Bay View, West Parade, Hythe, Kent
|Who To||Hermann Kallenbach
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 Hermann Kallenbach, 2 October 1914, NLSA Cape Town, Special Collections, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
Oct 2nd 1914
Dear Mr Kallenbach
Thank you for your letter I wrote two letters to you, but I now see I
10: addressed them wrongly to 16 not 60 therefore you did not answer or
11: come to see me. I am staying down here now ^quite alone^. I have taken
12: two little rooms facing the sea. I find it very damp & trying but
13: could not get suitable rooms in London, & am still hoping that my
14: little 14/- a week flat will be free someday when I shall return to
15: London at once.
Thank Mr Ghandi for the invitation to the meeting, but you know I hate
18: war. It is against my religion - whether it is Englishmen travelling
19: thousands of miles to go & kill Indians ^in India^ or Indians travelling
20: thousands of miles to kill white men whom they have never seen in
21: Europe. It's all hateful.
I hope Mr Ghandi and Mrs Ghandi will not find this northern climate
24: too trying. We who come from the south & were born there can't stand
25: this damp & mist. I hope you are keeping fit yourself.
Yours very sincerely
& hoping to see you when I return to London if you are still there.
My friend Pethick Lawrence said he was coming to see Mr Ghandi.
35: Remember me very kindly to both Mr & Mrs Ghandi.