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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/m
|Archive||National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
|Letter Date||29 April 1913
|Address From||De Aar, Northern Cape
|Who To||Edward Carpenter
|Other Versions||Cronwright-Schreiner 1924: 324-5
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, 29 April 1913, National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections.
April 29 / 13
My dear old Edward
I wonder how the world goes with you. I often wonder just what your
8: feeling about the suffragettes is. Every year my horror not only of
9: war, but of the argument of brute force all round grows stronger &
10: stronger. If ever was the exercise of force was justified it is in the
11: case of millions of women fighting from freedom. But is it ever
12: justified - are not the evils greater than good? Cromwell, Washington
13: all the worlds heroes who fought for freedom were they justified? I
14: see so much to be said on both sides. Now I can only say I am for
15: passive resistance, but I dare not condemn those who are not. Of
16: course theres the narrow question of tactics - is it wise - even if
17: right - at any given time to fight?
Things as far as the working classes in England go seem advancing
20: quickly. But the fight for freedom will have to go on through the
21: centuries, because as soon as one class or party or race becomes
22: dominant it oppresses the others. Look at our Dutch here?? But one day,
23: far away I guess we shall come to a full bloom.
I've no news of myself to give your. We are still living in our little
26: cottage in De Aar with the sand & deserts about us, all in the old way.
27: Cron thinks of going for a visit of some months to Europe this year,
28: but I can't afford to. Perhaps he will see you if he comes. Its sad to
29: think good old George Adams is gone.
Thin ever as of old
Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) version of this letter is incorrect in various respects.