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Letter ReferenceHRC/OliveSchreinerLetters/OS-JohnHodgson/81
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 March 1914
Address FromPalace Hotel and New-York, Lungarno, Florence, Italy
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 is written on printed headed notepaper with an image of the hotel crest.
1Palace Hotel
2& New-York
5March 16th 1914
7Dear Mr Hodgson
9Thanks for your letter. I wonder if this will find you as you are ever
10a bird of passage. What is your permanent Sunday address?
12Mine, as I think I told you, is 30 St Mary Abbotts’ Terrace
13Kensington London
15The music & coffee sounds delightful. I have not heard any ^real^ music
16for 19 years. I was only 10 days in London & had so many beloved old
17friends to see I could not spare even one evening for that greatest of
18all joys – real music.
20Florence is a lovely place. I haven’t been out or seen any thing
21much since I came as Im here quite alone, but th on the 2nd of April
22my friend Mrs Pethick Lawrence & two other strong suffragettes are
23coming to see me for a couple of weeks, & then we shall have a fine
24time. Im not quite strong enough yet to tramp about alone.
26I would say a great deal on the South African question but I’m
27afraid this letter may never reach you.
29I am glad that in to-days paper’s I see my brother Will made a
30powerful speech demanding the 9 men should be tried. Of course they
31wont be – but its good some one should speak.
33Have you seen my friend Lady Constance Lytton’s book, “Prisons &
34Prisoners”? She is to my mind perhaps the most beautiful soul I know
35on earth. You feel her spiritual beauty all through the book.
37Let me have your address please
39Yours ever
40Olive Schreiner
42Do read “Prisons & Prisioners.”
The book referred to is: Constance Lytton (1914) Prisons and Prisoners. Some Personal Experiences London: Heinemann.