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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date4 August 1914
Address FromAmsterdam, Holland
Address ToSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToAlice Greene
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Legend
The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner postcard, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The address this postcard was sent to and the name of its addressee are written on the front; the date is derived from its postmark. The address the card was sent from is provided by the content.
1Dear, I have another beautiful interesting letter to thank for you
2don’t know how I value them. I hope you had a fine time in the
3karroo. That part near Three Sisters is one of the parts I love best &
4that suits me most. I arrived here from Berlin on Wednesday. I am
5staying with my friend Dr Jacobs, she is such a splendid woman. I had
6meant to leave today, but the trains are all taken for the military &
7the steamers are full of Americans & English flying from Germany so
8that I think I shall have more chance of getting through on Monday. By
9the time this reaches you will know whether our worst fears have been
10realized & the universal war has come. War is to me always so exactly
11like Hell. You don’t need to picture anything else. It always means
12loss to everyone; to those who win & to those who lose. I will write
13to you as soon as I get to London. My brother Will I left at Berlin on
14Wednesday I hope he will get through all right. Oh I wish you & Bettie
15were in Europe. Olive
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