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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/5a-vi
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date21 September 1915
Address FromTrevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsDraznin 1992: 493
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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. In the absence of other information, dating this letter has followed Draznin (1992), who has done so by reference to a version in the Lafitte Letters typescript in the British Library. The letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
2Llandrindod Wells.
4Dear Havelock
6Can you tell me where I can get that international review printed in
7Switzerland & what the price is. I want so much to see Berttrand
speech article
10A friend who has been to see all the damage done in London says he
11calculates it at only £50,000 250,000, & there were very few lives
12lost, as nearly all the damage was in Londo the city. The G.P.O. & the
13South African Chartered Company’s buildings had a near shave the
14bombs almost got them. 500 I see an omnibus was struck near Liverpool
15street ^a 9 ?Kilburn^ If I had been in London I should quite likely have
16been ?miss on it as that was my drive every last thing before I went
17to bed without missing. A nice death. I ^always^ prayed as a child that
18when I died I might be either struck by lightning, or fall from my
19horse & break my neck, or be shot. A bomb would be just as good. I am
20all right, I do hope Ediths foot is better.
24^My nephew has seen hard fighting in the trenches The world is mad,
25quite mad.^
Bertrand Russell's article could be his (1916) 'Momentum of War' or (1916) 'Letter to President Wilson'; for both, see (eds) Richard Kempel et al (1995) The Collected Works of Bertrand Russell Vol 14 Pacifism and Revolution 1916-18 London: Routledge. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription.