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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/15
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday July 1916 ; Before End: August 1916
Address FromLlandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To
Who ToJohn Hodgson
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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. This letter has been dated by reference to when Schreiner’s nephew Oliver was wounded ‘in the late advance’, in July or August 1916.
1c/o Dr Parker
2Llandrindod Wells
3Wales
4Sunday
5
6Dear Mr Hodgson
7
8I picture going for a long boating trip up the river to-day. The
9weather is perfect here. I hope all goes well with you.
10
11I have just had an argument with Dr Parker & appeal to you as an
12authority. He says that in an somewhere in England an a Zeppelin came
13& stood, for three hours without moving, quite low down, just over the
14roof of a small house, & the people were so upset by it they all got
15hysterics badly. Now I say I don’t believe any Zep would stand or
16could stand for three hours motionless over the roof of one house, I
17don’t believe it would or could stand motionless over a roof for
18only one hour – not to speak of three. ^the air would move it if the
19engins were not working.^ What on earth should make a Zep stand
20motionless for three hours close to a roof!!! He contends a Zep could
21stand motionless for days in one spot, I doubt it! He got a book on
22air flight, but there was nothing in it to support his view. Its
23curious what vague ideas people have about the properties of material
24things.
25
26Have you ever visited Wales. I think its the nicest part of England,
27but I’ve never visited the north of Scotland, that might be finer yet.
28
29My nephew Oliver Schreiner was wounded in the late advance. He was for
30some time in a hospital in France but has just been moved to a London
31hospital. I am thank-ful he is alive even if he loses the use of his arm.
32
33^The two girls are nursing in France, too busy to write more than post
34cards. My other nephew was at the foot of Killimanjaro in German East
35when we last heard. Its all like a nightmare.^
36
37Yours ever
38Olive Schreiner
39