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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/63
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 15 September 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in St Mary Abbotts Terrace for some weeks during August and September 1914.
1 Wednesday
3 Dear It was nice to see you & the two dear ones looking so fit. Alice
told me that she had heard from you & that you were coming to
5see her in the afternoon early, but didn’t mention that the children
6were coming. I purposely stayed out late thinking you would want to
7have a talk with her.
9 Adela Smith thinks she has found rooms that will do for me at
10Sandygate between Folkstone & Hythe and I am going to down tomorrow to
11look at them returning in the evening and will pack my things & go
12down ^on Monday when my week here ends.^ Its 30/- a week, too expensive
13of course for me to stay on, but I must go somewhere at once. ^, till I
14can get into my beloved flat.^
16 Please don’t think I have ever said one word to Alice Corthorn about
17her taking the child & not paying Dr Brown. It’s my not saying I
18approved that she objects to! I never mention the war to her ^& never
19see her at all as I live in my room & go out if I want a meal.^ or any
20one, who is on the side of the Government except Lloyd George & I
21first asked him if I might come & speak to him!
23 Now I know you really approve of the the Governments action in backing
24Russia & France I shall never mention it to you again. I have thought
25all along from the letter you wrote me from Berlin about the evils of
26England’s taking part in it, that you disapproved even more than I
29 I have always hated Bismark & looked upon his as the evil genius of
30Germany, as Napoleon was of France. From my stand point Napoleon did
31more harm to France than to any other nation. In war as in other
32things the seeming loss is often the eternal gain!
34 Love to the dear two & yourself!
35 Olive