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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/4
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMarch 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToJohn Hodgson
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Legend
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. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions from October 1914 to July 1915. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper. It has been dated by reference to when Muirhead spoke about 'the invention' to Schreiner.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7Dear Mr Hodgson
8
9Will you do me a great favour. If you can lay your hand on that little
10book of mine on the Union will you at once send me on a post card the
11name & address of the publisher I’ve clean forgotten it, & must
12write to him.
13
14The oldest & dearest man friend of my girlhood, whom I have always
15felt to be a wonderful genius, called to see me last night on his way
16back from Portsmouth to Glasgow, where he is a mathematical professor.
17He has just just made a wonderful invention which if it works will
18revolutionize sea war very largely. The Admiralty are looking into it
19& think very well of it. You can fancy how excited I am for him, by
20increasing the danger of war you don’t increase wars, their cause
21lies ^is^ is the basser qualities of the Human heart.
22
23Yours ever
24Olive Schreiner
25
Notation
The 'little book' of Schreiner's is Closer Union, which originated as a lengthy article published in the Transvaal Leader on 21 December 1908 and the Cape Times on 22 December 1908 (p.9); it appeared as a short book in 1909.