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Letter ReferenceColenso Papers, MSS. Afr. s. 1293/8, 4-5
ArchiveBodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies, Rhodes House, University of Oxford
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Saturday October 1914 ; Before End: December 1914
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToSophie Colenso nee Frankland (m.1880)
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The Project is grateful to the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, for allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their Special Collections. The year has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions from late October 1914 to late July 1915. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel
2De Vere Gardens, W.
3Telephone: 3675 Kensington. Telegram: Apartment, London
7Dear Mrs Colenso
9Thank you for your letter. I should much like to come out & see you
10some day, but I could not stay the night as I find the country too wet
11in winter.
13My heart feels much draw to all people who are pacifists in this
14terrible time. Worse than any of the physical suffering, is the hate &
15the complex moral evils which come from war.
17I hope I shall be able to come & see you some day soon.
19Yours very sincerely,
20Olive Schreiner
22I did not have the pleasure of seeing your dear sister in law before I
23left South Africa as I live in such a far distant part. She is
24certainly one of the greatest women South Africa possesses.