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Letter ReferenceLevine Collection/20
ArchiveRonald Levine Collection, Johannesburg
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 15 October 1914
Address FromThe Windsor, 61 & 62 Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park, London
Address To
Who ToMargaret Moscheles
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Legend
The Project is grateful to Ronald Levine for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of the Ronald Levine Collection. Schreiner stayed at the Windsor Hotel for two or three weeks in October 1914, and moved (very briefly) to Durrant’s Hotel on Monday 17 October, thus how the letter has been dated. The letter is written on embossed headed hotel notepaper.
1Telephone 7266 Paddington
2The Windsor.
361 & 62, Lancaster Gate, W.
4
5Sunday
6
7Dear Mrs Moscheles
8
9I have only got your letter this afternoon as it was addressed to 10
10not 30.
11
12I came back from Hythe on Wednesday as I had got ill there.
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14I am staying at the above address, but may be leaving on Monday for
15Durrants Hotel Manchester Sq, but if you should write at any time
16please address
17c/o Mrs Smith
184 Gloucester Place
19Portman Sq
20London W
21as my friend Mrs Smith will send all letters on. I should much have
22liked to come on Friday. I have long wished to meet your husband &
23should much like to see his pictures. It is indeed a pleasure to meet
24congenial friends now.
25
26You will have read that fine letter in the Nation by H la Fontaine
27which expresses exactly my view – only are there enough broad passing
28spirits to build up the new world. – a world in which humanity shall
29stand first & mere National & class interests second. When one sees
30the world about one raging with hate & the thirst for blood one’s hope
31trembles, but each right word & act helps slowly to bring near the
32time that must come at last
33
34Yours ever
35Olive Schreiner
36
Notation
The letter by Henri La Fontaine which was published in the Nation & Antheneum cannot be established.