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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday August 1917
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
Other Versions
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Edgware Rd
3 Wednesday
5 Telephone
6 6506 Paddington
8 Dear Laddy,
10 Thank you for your letter. I am glad you did not think the little
11allegory bad.
13 I am trying to write a little book called "the Dawn of Civilization"
14"Stray Thoughts on Peace & War the by a ?ra homely personal confession
15of a believer in Human Unity." Rather a long name! But I am seldom
16well enough to do anything. If I should not finish it I wish the part
17that is written to be published. I think you would like it, & I know
18my boy Oliver would.
20 I’m glad you had good weather for Cambridge
22 Your small sister
23 Ol
25 The bombs seem to pay us special attention here the roofs of two
26houses just behind this were pierced on Saturday & Sunday nights, but
27I think it must have been from our own guns or they would have been
28blown right up
For the 'little allegory', see: "Who Knocks at the Door?" Fortnightly Review November 1916, pp.641-5; this also appears in Stories, Dreams and Allegories. A version of Schreiner's never completed 'The Dawn of Civilization' edited by Cronwright-Schreiner appeared as: "The Dawn" Nation and Anthenaeum 26 March 1921 vol 28, no 26 pp. 212-14; it also appears in Stories, Dreams and Allegories from the second edition on.