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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 1 September 1915
Address FromLlandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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 letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1Wednesday
2
3Thank you, dear old man, for your letter. I see in today paper that
4Mrs Goodhead’s husband has been wounded. It must be terrible for her
5& all his friends that he is so far off. If you should see or be
6writing to Nora Schuster please tell her how sorry I was to hear of it.
7
8I have just got Cron’s letter. Enclose you the weekly bit about Ol.
9He is awfully concerned about him. In the last page of the letter he
10says “Give my love to Will. It must be a breaking strain for the
11dear old Fellow.”
12
13All I am grateful for it is not the Dardanelles. One may just give up
14any one one loves when they go there & the terrible thing is that if
15wounded, they can have none of the care & comfort they get on the
16Western front – such as even that is!
17
18I have just been reading Schusters speech in the Manchester Guardian.
19It is very fine. It is the holy beauty of science & of art, that while
20the material interests of life divide & throw human creatures into
21opposite camps, they draw together & make all human nature one. Th The
22strife after intellectual truth in science & after beauty & truth in
23art are like God; they have no nationality & age – they are eternal.
24
25Yes, it would be very good if Miss Goodhead (the paper calls her
26Goodall) could come & see me here at Llandrindod. The air is lovely
27just now & we are having a burst of fine weather again. I am busy
28writing.
29
30Thank you much dear for all the trouble you are taking about this
31matter. I don’t want to go back to London again yet even for a few
32days as I may break down again. The pain in my gums is infinitely
33worse than before they took the teeth. I am now quite sure the two
34dentists were right who said the pain in my head & face was caused by
35bad circulation of the blood - & were not a cause but an effect of the
36weakness of the heart.
37
38Good bye. Love to Fan
39Thy little sister
40Ol
41
Notation
The report in the Guardian concerned an attack on Professor Arnold Schuster, who was standing for the Presidency of the British Association, because of his German-sounding name. See Manchester Guardian 2 September 1915 (p.12).