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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/42
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 November 1915
Address FromMaer Lake, Bude, Cornwall
Address To
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.
1 Bude
2 Nov 24th 1915
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4 Dear Alice
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6 I like to think of you & Betty on your little farm, & Betty has her
7little "Town House" of two rooms to go to when she wants a change.
8It’s quite lovely.
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10 I have been very ill since I came here, & am going back to London as
11soon as I can get rooms there Oh for the spring.
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13 Miss Hobhouse is still in London, but leaves for Italy next week. I
14can’t go because having a German name they would harry me.
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16 The worst part of war is not the fighting on battle fields. It’s the
17meanness & cowardice it develops in human nature.
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19 Good bye dear.
20 Yours ever & ever
21 Olive
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23 How does my little Margaretha get on with her lessons. I think she is
24rather a gifted child. Tell me about her. Give my love to dear Anna.
25How I long to see her, but I know there is no hope of my ever seeing
26South Africa again. I am no more use in the world, & yet the end
27doesn’t come. I could have been so happy here in this little house
28with a dear little servant. I had dreamed I should really get stronger
29here & able to write. I’ve so much I want to say. How the body goes
30on living & on living We Schreiners are so strong.
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32 I’m glad you & Betty are not here now this winter seems the most
33terrible I have ever known.
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