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Letter ReferenceMary Gladstone (Mrs Drew) Add. 46244, ff.149-150
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 November 1887
Address FromGrand Hotel, Alassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToMary Drew nee Gladstone (m. 1886)
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The Project is grateful to the British Library for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 Grand Hotel
2 Alassio
3 Italy
4 Nov 17 / 87
6 Dear Mrs Drew
8 Mr MacColl forwarded me your note It would give me great pleasure that
9he should show you the little dream but it is too slight to be of
10interest. I thought of showing it him because it touched indirectly on
11a subject raised by him in a paper I had seen.
13 I have not read the book you mention. The subject is a very
14interesting one; & I shall try to get it.
16 I am glad you were interest in my little story.
18 The Riviera is very beautiful now. I feel so selfish to have left all
19my East End people & come here to the sunshine, but I couldn't have
20helped them if I had stayed. The sea & sky are so beautiful it is
21impossible to help feeling a flood of joy whenever one looks out.
23 Believe me,
24 Faithfully yours,
25 Olive Schreiner
Which of Schreiner?s 'little dreams' Canon McCall had shown to Mary Drew cannot be established, nor can the title of the book Schreiner mentions.