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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/14
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 March 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, London
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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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. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper.
1 Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
2 De Vere Gardens, W.
3 March 5th 1915
5 Dear Mrs Murray
7 I am sending you a few pamphlets which I think you will find bear on
8the subject you mention.
10 With the 10/- you sent I will send you a copy of Brailsford War &
11Steel & Gold
which bears strongly though indirectly on the matter it's
12a fine book & costs 4/6 only & I'll try & get another book by next
13week. I have shall also send you Norman Angells last book & Shaw's
14paper. I am so glad to know you are safe at home again. My husband
15wrote with much pleasure of his meeting you at De Aar. Give my best
16love to all the dear ones. How glad I would be to see you all again,
17but when my husband writes me of the climatic conditions at De Aar I
18feel I must wait.
20 Yours ever
21 Olive Schreiner
23 PS. When any of you write please address c/o Standard Bank
24 10 St Clement's Lane
25 Lombard St
26 London
27 E.
The pamphlets sent with this letter are likely to have been anti-war ones. The books referred to are: Henry Noel Brailsford (1914) The War of Steel and Gold: A Study of the Armed Peace London: Bell; Norman Angell (1909) The Great Illusion: A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage London: William Heinemann.; George Bernard Shaw (1914) 'Common Sense About the War' New Statesman 14 November (Special War Supplement), London: Statesman Publishing.