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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/s
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday February 1916
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
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 date has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, although this is not fully legible; the envelope also provides the address the letter was sent to.
1 30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace
2 Monday
4 My dear Edward
6 I'm writing to you just to give myself a little pleasure. It was so
7fine seeing you.
9 I'm writing a little tiny thing for the Labour Leader. Whether they
10put it in or not, I'll send it you; I know you'll understand. I call
11it "A few words to the young men of the No-Conscription Fellowship".
12They are having a fine chance to testify to the sense of unity which
13ought to bind all humanbeings. I've seen Lady Low since I saw you: I
14grow near her & nearer her in feeling. She & Lilly Batthyiny are the
15two best friends I have now, & you introduced me to both of them.
17 I am feeling anxious about America. Not just now but bye & bye there
18will be a great war between her & England.
20 I saw my brother Will on Sunday so I have had quite an exciting week
21seeing two people. He spoke with great admiration of you & said he
22would like to see you if you came to Town again.
24 There has been no steamer from Africa for the last 11 days, & I feel
25anxious when such a long time passes without any news from my husband.
27 Good bye.
28 Olive
The 'little thing' Schreiner was writing is 'On "conscientious objectors"' Labour Leader 16 March 1916 (see also Appendix H, (ed) S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner (1924) The Letters of Olive Schreiner London: Fisher Unwin).