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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/40
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 30 November 1916
Address FromDawson Place Mansions, Pembridge Square, Kensington, London
Address ToClarensville, Patterson Road, Hampstead, London
Who ToGeorgiana Solomon nee Thompson
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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 of this letter has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, while the address it was sent to is on its front. Schreiner was resident in Dawson Place Mansions from early October to late December 1916.
1 Saturday
3 Dear Mrs Solomon
5 I am so grieved to hear Daisy has been so unwell. I don’t envy many
6people anything, but I do envy you Daisy. She’s what I would have
7liked my little daughter to have been, had she lived.
9 I don’t think the African friend you write about would find me very
10sympathetic, because I’m so intensely opposed to our Africans & the
11Indians having taken any part in this war. I am you know a pacifist.
13 I do hope you are not feeling the cold try you too much. I came as far
14as the foot of your Hill difficulty the other day, but when I got out
15of the bus I found I couldn’t manage it, & waited for the next bus
16to take me back.
18 Have you read a very interesting book called "The Upheaval in Russia"
19by Ross. Its the most interesting book of the many I’ve read on
20Russia I’ve read. I had a nice long letter from John Brown a few
21days ago. Poor July still remains ill.
23 Good bye. My love to you both.
24 Olive Schreiner
The book referred to is: Edward Alsworth Ross (1918) Russia in Upheaval New York: Century Co. This book was not published until 1918, so either the letter has the wrong envelope attached to it, or else perhaps the book was published in late 1917 in advance of its 1918 date.