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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/82
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 3 December 1914
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, 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. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6 Thursday
8 My dear Laddie
10 Of course it wouldn’t matter to me how our boy was dressed, if he
11only came in feathers & warpaint like a red-Indian what difference
12would it make; its his dear face I care for. Clothes are nothing.
14 I hope you will have a good time with him on Sunday.
16 Good bye dear. I’m a stone broke old thing.
17 Ol.
19 Have you read a book the "Hapsburg Monarchy" by Henry Wickham Steed Of
20all the Books I have read on Austria & modern diplomacy it is the most
21solid & illuminating sacrificed in the game of Empire Dynastic rule
22(as in Austria) or for the sheer pleasure of winning in the game! The
23book was published last year, & throws a wonderful light on the morals!
24 of diplomacy & the power of the Jews.
26 Another interesting but quite inferior book is "Men round the Kaiser".
27It’s just a popular 2/- book but not so bad.
29 I am not a lover of war; but give me the soldier every time. Diplomacy
30as carried on in the past & present is Hell twice over. It is a game
31of chess played between rulers, in which the peoples & their good &
32happiness are pawns
34 I am going to see a doctor Adela has told me of tomorrow. I’ve no
35faith in them, but the time comes, as Ettie said, when one seeks help
36from them though one has no faith, - in despair.
38 Cron tells me Bill is waiting for you to come out to join his regiment
39– so I’m thankful you are not going.
The books referred to are: Henry Wickham Steed (1913) The Hapsburg Monarchy London: Constable & Co; Frederic William Wile (1913) Men Around the Kaiser: The Makers of Modern Germany London: William Heinemann.