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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/88
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 May 1905
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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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.
1 Cape Town
2 May 27 / 05
4 Many thanks for the book about Prisons. If one were young that is a
5subject one might well devote a long life to exclusively. We are still
6down in Cape Town: the cession ends next week & we return to Hanover.
7My little dog was killed the other day, crushed to death under the
8wheels of a cab in which she & I were driving home. I am taking her
9little body up with me in a sealed coffin so that she can be buried
10with me when I die. She has been the best friend I ever had, & I have
11had so many true & good friends. Is there anything on earth more
12lovely than the love of the dog for man? It is so surpassing strange
13to me that when men wish to cast a slur upon each other they call each
14other "dogs"!!
16^I would like to write a little life of her as a kind of
17anti-vivisectionist tract. I wouldn’t preach just write of her as I
18knew her. It is at the cost of these exquisite, sensitive, loyal
19little existences that we seek to benefit ourselves. Good bye dear old
20E.C. I am glad to hear from Isabella all goes well with you. ^
22 Olive
The particular book about 'Prisons' which Schreiner refers to cannot be established.