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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: April 1918 ; Before End: May 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, 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. The Molteno nephew referred to is George Murray, son of Schreiner correspondent Caroline Murray. He married his cousin Margaret Molteno and then left for the front; he was killed in mid April 1918, thus the dating of this letter.
1 1918.
2 same address also nd
4 I am so glad to see you are going to stand for Hastings: I do hope you
5will get in. Thank you so much for the articles you’ve sent me and
6the valuable book of treaties. My dear friends the Percy Moltenos have
7just lost their nephew who married their only daughter nine weeks ago.
8I have known him since he was two weeks old. Everything seems to smell
9of death and evil. I hate war more and more. Nearly all the men I have
10known who have gone to the front have been killed. South Africa is
11depleted of her young men.
13 Goodbye. Will peace never come?