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Letter ReferenceMary Gladstone (Mrs Drew) Add. 46244, ff.191-192
ArchiveBritish Library, Department of Manuscripts, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 18 April 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
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. The date of the letter has been written on in an unknown hand. The letter is on embossed headed notepaper.
1 Kensingston Palace Mansions & Hotel
2 De Vere Gardens
3 London
4 Telephone: 3675 Kensingston. Telegram: Apartment, London
5 Sunday
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7 Dear Mrs Drew
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9 I was deeply sorry to see in the papers the notice of your nephews
10death. Only the day before a young officer who had met him was telling
11me how fine he thought him with something of his Grandfathers spirit.
12It's this awful loss of all the beautiful young, strong life of all
13the countries that is so terrible to me. I hope you have good news of
14your daughter's husband. One almost dreads to open a newspaper now. I
15hope the children flourish & are a great comfort to you both.
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17 Yours ever with truest sympathy
18 Olive Schreiner
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20 I hear from my niece that beautiful Paul Methuen is going to the front
21next week.
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