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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/u
|Archive||National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
|Letter Date||16 March 1916
|Address From||Alexi, The Park, Hampstead, London
|Address To||Millthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
|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, 16 March 1916, 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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
March 16th 1916
It was nice to get your letter. Oh it is so good being here. I wrote
8: another little thing called "Give unto Caesar" - which is coming out
9: in the Peace & War. I am going to try & go on with the little book I
10: began writing in Wales but I have not been able to touch since.
Have you heard that poor Edith Ellis is so ill; a nervous & mental
13: breakdown. I got a very sad letter from Havelock. I have always feared
14: this for her. It is the worst of all the troubles that can come in
I will send you a copy of Peace & War if you don't take it. Its only a
18: tiny thing I've written a few lines. I should be so happy if I could
19: get my little book finished. There are things you feel you must say.
Yes Lilly Batthyany is a beloved soul & I am so fond of her son Jack
22: who is spending a few days here. He's going to a farm in Hampshire.
The worst of publishing things in these little socialist & other
25: papers is that the people you want to see them don't see them it's
26: only the already converted, & papers like the Nation & the Statesman
27: are afraid to take them!
Good bye dear Edward.
How finely Liebknicht & some of the Germans are standing out. There's
32: a little handful of us in all nations.
The 'little thing' called 'Give unto Caesar' is: "Give Unto Caesar -" War & Peace
vol 3, no 31, April 1916, p.106. The 'little book' that Schreiner began in Wales is the never completed 'The Dawn of Civilization'.