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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Hermann Kallenbach MSC 26/2.3.2
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 15 August 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToMohandas Gandhi
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Telephone
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33300Western

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5 30 St Mary Abbott's Terrace
6 Kensington
7 London W.
8 Saturday
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10 My dear Mr Ghandi,
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12 I have at last got your address from the Steamship's Company. I want
13so much to see you. Could you & Mr Calenbach perhaps come & see me
14here, or could I meet you anywhere.
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16I was struck to the heart this morning with sorrow to see that you, &
17that beautiful & beloved Indian poetess whom I met in London some
18months ago & other Indian friends had offered to serve this the
19English Government in this evil war in any way they might demand of
20you. Surely you, who would not take up arms even in the cause of your
21own oppressed people cannot be willing to shed blood in this wicked
22cause. I had longed to meet you & Mr Calenbach as friends who would
23understand my hatred of y it. I don't believe the statement in the
24paper can be true.
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26 Yours very sincerely,
27 Olive Schreiner
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