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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/35
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateDecember 1915
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToFrederick (‘Fred’) Pethick-Lawrence
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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. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes any uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on. Schreiner was in Bude, Cornwall, in November 1915 and returned to London later that month.
1 St. Mary Abbotts Terrace
2 nd
4 Thanks for your article. I hope your wife’s meeting went off well
5last night. I have had to return to London as the air at Bude was too
6damp. Miss Hobhouse has gone off to Italy. Is peace coming nearer do
7you think? It seems to me something more un-English than even
8conscription, this compelling men to take out passes before they can
9leave the country. If this isn’t Prussian & Militarism, what is?
10 The last rag of our freedom is gone if it comes to
11 this.
13 Come some afternoon about three and have some tea with me and have a
14talk. I always take my friends to Barker’s to tea. as the dear
15friend with whom I am staying is very "military" and I don’t care to
16do peace talk with people who don’t like peace! Strange that anyone
17can want the war to go on when one realizes all it means to England. I
18may be mistaken but it seems more & more to spell financial and
19commercial ruin.