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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/61
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 September 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections.
130 St Mary Abbotts Terrace
2Sep 11th 1914
4 Darling Alice
6 Please post the enclosed letter to Cron at de Aar. I am sending you &
7Bettie a copy of the Labour Leader which please give to Ruth Alexander
8& ask her to send on to Cron, when she has read it at once. Oh this
9war is so wicked it, was so unnecessary for England to have gone into
10it. Oh you can’t understand in Africa, you believe all the lies the
11papers tell you. There has never been a big battle in the North sea &
12Holland has never been touched. One just feels hopeless as one did in
13the Boer war.
15 I am trying to write something about peace & this war. None of the
16papers here will take it except the labour Leader, but I’ll send it
17to America.
19 Good bye dear.
20 Olive
22 ^We are under martial law here so we never know if our letters reach
23the people we write to. Send me a post card with nothing else on just
24to say you have this.^
The enclosed letter is no longer attached. The copy of the Labour Leader Schreiner was sending to Betty Molteno and Alice Greene featured a short article by her: "To Our Anti-Militarists, By Olive Schreiner" Labour Leader 16 March 1916, p.6. Her writing about 'peace & this war' is: "Give Unto Caesar -" War & Peace vol 3, no 31, April 1916, p.106.