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|Letter Reference||Edward Carpenter 359/88
|Archive||Sheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
|Letter Date||27 May 1905
|Address From||Cape Town, Western Cape
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
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 Edward Carpenter, 27 May 1905, Sheffield Libraries, Archives & Information, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections.
May 27 / 05
Many thanks for the book about Prisons. If one were young that is a
5: subject one might well devote a long life to exclusively. We are still
6: down in Cape Town: the cession ends next week & we return to Hanover.
7: My little dog was killed the other day, crushed to death under the
8: wheels of a cab in which she & I were driving home. I am taking her
9: little body up with me in a sealed coffin so that she can be buried
10: with me when I die. She has been the best friend I ever had, & I have
11: had so many true & good friends. Is there anything on earth more
12: lovely than the love of the dog for man? It is so surpassing strange
13: to me that when men wish to cast a slur upon each other they call each
14: other "dogs"!!
16: ^I would like to write a little life of her as a kind of
17: anti-vivisectionist tract. I wouldn’t preach just write of her as I
18: knew her. It is at the cost of these exquisite, sensitive, loyal
19: little existences that we seek to benefit ourselves. Good bye dear old
20: E.C. I am glad to hear from Isabella all goes well with you.
The particular book about 'Prisons' which Schreiner refers to cannot be established.