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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/42
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 September 1889
Address FromSt Leonards, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 156-7
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed in St Leonards for most of September 1889
1 Dear Edward
3 Isn’t the strike splendid? You ought to see the East End now. The
4strange, earnest look on the people’s faces, that sort of wide-eyed
5look. You look straight into their faces & their eyes look back at you;
6 they are possessed with a large idea. It’s very wonderful. I went
7yesterday to the place where the Salvation Army are giving away tiny
8packets of tea. About 500 men were there standing in rows waiting. The
9curious, silent, elate atmosphere, the look in the face of the most
10drunken old man was wonderful. I think I never felt so full of hope as
11yesterday. But perhaps you are here seeing it.
13 Yours, Olive