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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold4/Jan-June1915/22
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateApril 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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 in an unknown hand. This letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
7Dear Betty
9We had the Zeppelins here the night before last, but they didn’t do
10much harm. It’s ridiculous how frightened people are of them. Give
11my love to my darling Alice. I hope she is now quite well. Her sweet
12sister-in-law Eva Greene is coming to see me tomorrow. I had lunch at
13your brother Percies yesterday His wife has for me just the same
14attraction she has always had – only much more. There is such a
15wonderful light in her eyes when she smiles. Under that eternally hard
16exterior, there’s an intensity of passionate feeling few people have.
17 If she loved a thing she would love it so absolutely. Dear Mrs Murray
18will go by the boat which takes this. I think she’s looking so well.
20Cron says its too awful at De Aar there are thousands of horses &
21mules there for the military. The veld is one huge stable, & the smell
22is so terrible at night you have to keep every door & window shut. He
23says he's so thankful I’m not there as it would kill me at once.
25Good bye dear. In our little way the small band of us in Europe who
26desire peace & fellowship among the nations are standing out in all
27nations. Liebknecht in Germany, many who have been sent to Siberia by
28the Russian Government for refusing to fight &c. We have a very small
29place in the world today, but the far future after thousands of years
30is ours. Good bye dear one. Things are so heart breaking here I can
31hardly desire you were here
35Give my love to dear Ruth Alexander if you see her. I long to see her.