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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/77
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 1918
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.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Edgware Rd
3 Monday
5 Dear old Man
7 I wish I could have had more talk with you about the boy. I have felt
8more than I can tell you his loss of all these years (the most
9precious of life between 20 & 30) from any line of life he takes up.
11 Of course I don’t know just what he meant by saying he thought of
12taking up "either journalism or scholastic work." Its so vague.
14 Well, as he says at the end of his letter, "it seems almost a waste of
15time making plans now about anything
17 I am sending you with this the introduction to ^a Prelude^ a little book
18I’ve been trying to write, but no doubt will never be well enough to
19finish. I know you won’t agree with my out look in the Preface &
20Prelude, think it foolish & sentimental. But I’ll want you to kno
21understand a little how I feel. Don’t criticise & discuss it,
22because I know you won’t like it. But I I should like you to tell me
23if it seems uninteresting you. Y
25 One may dislike a thing very much & yet not finding it uninteresting.
26The book if ever it were published I think you would find interesting,
27however little you agreed with it.
29 Good bye dear. Do put thermogen wool, back & front of your chest. Put
30large pieces. I sometimes use almost a whole large three shillings
31packet, & it pays, in two days I am well.
33 Your little sister
34 Ol
The 'Prelude' is from From Man to Man, which is 'the book if ever it were published' referred to.