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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/o
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 October 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address ToMillthorpe, Holmesfield, Sheffield
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 De Aar
2 Oct 26th 1913
4 Dear Edward,
6 Thank you for your letter. I sail from Africa on the 6th of Dec= in
7the Edinburgh Castle & arrive in England on Tuesday the 23rd just
8before Xmas. I am going to Alice Corthorns for the short time I am in
9England. Her address is
11 30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace
12 Kensington.
13 London W.
15 Pethick Lawrence has promised me that he or his wife will be in
16readiness to take me on to Italy as soon as I am able to be moved.
17Isn't it good of them? I do think I have the kindest & best friends in
18the world. It seems to me that no one has just such friends. I shall
19likely stay on the Riviera for some time till I get stronger, & go on
20to Florence to try the cure when it is a little warmer.
22 Botha, the Prime Minister here said the other day in a ^public^ speech,
23"Socialism will never enter South Africa"! Mrs Partington & her broom!?
25 Good bye, dear old Edward.
26 Olive
28 ^Remember me to Isabella Ford & Mat if you see them.^