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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 27 December 1917
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
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.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Thursday
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4 Dear Laddie,
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6 Thank you for your letter & your gift. I will spend it on
7heart-massage. You made it such a nice Xmas for us all. I hope if ever
8the day comes, (I hope it won’t,) when you need love & care you have
9people to do as much for you as you have done for others.
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11 I hope the afternoon yesterday was cheerful. I wanted to go & see Plum
12but could not manage it. I may go to-day.
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14 I tried to get you a much more interesting book, on the part of the
15‘Democratic Party of in Germany during the war." It is written by an
16Englishman. Even I who have followed the Democratic movement in
17Germany as closely as I could for thirty years, had no idea how the
18Independent Labour ^Loyalist^ Party had stood out against this war all along
19from the beginning. You can get the book from any library; but they
20were out of it at the Times Book Club. "?Beven" I think is the name of
21the writer.
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23 Thank you so much for your letter, dear, almost more than for the gift,
24 useful as that will be.
25
26 I hope you will have your boy Oliver back with you during the coming
27year.
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29 Good bye dear
30 Olive
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Notation
The book referred to is: Edwyn Robert Bevan (1918) German Social Democracy During the War London: Allen & Unwin. The first publication date of Bevan's book is 1918, so it is possible that this is the year for the letter, although it is also possible the book was available in December 1917.