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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Hermann Kallenbach MSC 26/2.3.4
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 October 1914
Address FromBay View, West Parade, Hythe, Kent
Address To
Who ToHermann Kallenbach
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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.
1 Bay View
2 West Parade
3 Hythe
4 Kent
5 Oct 2nd 1914
7 Dear Mr Kallenbach
9 Thank you for your letter I wrote two letters to you, but I now see I
10addressed them wrongly to 16 not 60 therefore you did not answer or
11come to see me. I am staying down here now ^quite alone^. I have taken
12two little rooms facing the sea. I find it very damp & trying but
13could not get suitable rooms in London, & am still hoping that my
14little 14/- a week flat will be free someday when I shall return to
15London at once.
17 Thank Mr Ghandi for the invitation to the meeting, but you know I hate
18war. It is against my religion - whether it is Englishmen travelling
19thousands of miles to go & kill Indians ^in India^ or Indians travelling
20thousands of miles to kill white men whom they have never seen in
21Europe. It's all hateful.
23 I hope Mr Ghandi and Mrs Ghandi will not find this northern climate
24too trying. We who come from the south & were born there can't stand
25this damp & mist. I hope you are keeping fit yourself.
27 Good bye.
29 Yours very sincerely
30 & hoping to see you when I return to London if you are still there.
32 Olive Schreiner
34 My friend Pethick Lawrence said he was coming to see Mr Ghandi.
35Remember me very kindly to both Mr & Mrs Ghandi.