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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold4/Jan-June1915/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 June 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToThe Cottage, Ivy Deane, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToAlice Greene
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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, and the address it was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel
5De Vere Gardens, W.
7Darling Alice
9I hope you are better. I’ve longed to write you a long letter, but
10I’m too unfit. Your sweet sister-in-law came to see me, how I love
11her. What a fine fellow your eldest brother, the unmarried one must be.
12 I quite love him from what she told me about him.
14I’ve only been out once in the last week. I went to Lady Mayers. I
15was met the Princess Beatrice (Princess Henry of Battenberg) who said
16she wanted to be introduced to me. She looks so sad & tired all my
17heart went out to her. She said she had read my books & liked them
18very much. I feel very sorry for all the Royal family now, there’s
19something so mean in the way people have turned on them because they
20are German.
22This national hatred is a terrible thing Oh I wish you & Betty were
23here! Dear old Kallenbach was interned this morning. He would never go
24back to Germany just because he thinks fighting wrong.
26He couldn’t tell me where he was going to be sent. I must try to
27find out. The world grows sadder & sadder here. Oh how I hate war
28Alice. Its Hell.
32It’s not the people who fight I object to. Its the people who make
33the wars.