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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/67
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Sunday March 1917 ; Before End: December 1917
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, 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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner moved to Porchester Place in late March 1917. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Sunday night
4 Dear, I heard last Thursday that Jan Smuts was going to take over the
5command in Egypt. I do hope our boy Ol is not wanting to join him
6there. But Smuts may not go after all & I am making myself unhappy
7about nothing It will be the mistake of JS’s life if he does take it.
9 You must get Mahan’s book "The Interest of America in International
10Conditions." I agree with every word of it, although of course his out
11look morally is the exact opposite of mine – but he treats all as a
12game of chess from the purely scientific aspect standpoint. It was
13written in 1910. He is the first person who sees America’s aims &
14actions as I see them, - but of course there may be many people who
15see them who I don’t know. One of the sorrows of my condition of
16life here is that I never meet an intellectual man unreadable with
17whom I can discuss any thing.
19 One’s brain feeds so terribly on itself.
21 Good bye, dear.
22 Olive
The book referred to is: Alfred Thayer Mahan (1910) The Interest of America in International Conditions London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co.