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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/36
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 February 1919
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToRobert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead
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The Project is grateful to Mrs Hazel MacFarlane for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Bob Muirhead, which is part of the MacFarlane family collection of Muirhead Papers, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library.
1Feb 13th 1919.
2
3Dear Bob Thank you so much for your letter. Yes, I expect I did
4distress Edward very much the first time I saw him after the war. You
5know I couldn’t believe the really saw it as a good thing. It was He
6was the one humanbeing in the world I thought I knew would have stood
7out to the end. His attitude was one of the four greatest blows I’ve
8ever had in my life. Of course I know he’s just as sincere & earnest
9in thinking the war ^a^ good as I am in thinking it Hell. We must each
10follow our own natures. The last time he came to see me I tried not to
11refer to the war, & only talked of his sisters & South Africa &c. But
12perhaps I did talk a great deal because I was so afraid he’d begin
13about the war. I know many good people believe in war. Its just that I
14thought he was the one humanbeing on earth who wouldn’t.
15
16How I envy you & Lennie your splendid children.
17Good night dear Bob
18My love to you all
19Olive
20
21We had a wonderful meeting here in the Albert Hall. About 10,000
22people. Soermus wasn’t there to play to us he’d been put in prison.
23
Notation
Schreiner has underlined 'Hell' in line 9 four times.