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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/60
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 10 September 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in St Mary Abbotts Terrace for some weeks during August and September 1914.
3Dear, Just had a long letter I wrote to you ^from Amsterdam^ returned to
4me by Dr Jacobs, who had it returned to her from Hotel ?Adleu.
6I hope you have good news from the Cape. I had the usual letters from
7Cron, Ruth Alexander Mrs Charles Molteno &c, all much exercised over
8the gs war. Every thing seems so censored they get little news. Miss
writes me that the only important news they have had is of the
10great & terrible engagement in the North Sea. So the only news they
11have isn’t true. People are getting awfully distressed here fearing
12that the suppression of the ^exact^ numbers & names of the killed &
13wounded means that not two thousand as officially stated but many more
14have been killed.
16Cron seems to think that it will be very unsafe to do the voyage from
17England to Africa just now He says I’m not not to be anxious about
18him. South Africa can wack any thing which comes against her!!!! Yes,
19but I don’t want her to wack or kill other people!
21Sir Francis Vane called to see me yesterday. Two days before the war
22he brought out a peace pamphlet, quoting f in it from a letter I wrote
23him while th in Italy about the evils of war. Now he is in kakhi! Well
24we shall all be peace party when the time to pay comes.
The book referred to is: Francis Vane (1914) The Other Illusion London: National Labour Press.