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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Edward Carpenter SMD 30/32/u
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, The Park, Hampstead, 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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Alexi
2 Hampstead
3 March 16th 1916
5 Dear Edward
7 It was nice to get your letter. Oh it is so good being here. I wrote
8another little thing called "Give unto Caesar" - which is coming out
9in the Peace & War. I am going to try & go on with the little book I
10began writing in Wales but I have not been able to touch since.
12 Have you heard that poor Edith Ellis is so ill; a nervous & mental
13breakdown. I got a very sad letter from Havelock. I have always feared
14this for her. It is the worst of all the troubles that can come in
17 I will send you a copy of Peace & War if you don't take it. Its only a
18tiny thing I've written a few lines. I should be so happy if I could
19get my little book finished. There are things you feel you must say.
21 Yes Lilly Batthyany is a beloved soul & I am so fond of her son Jack
22who is spending a few days here. He's going to a farm in Hampshire.
24 The worst of publishing things in these little socialist & other
25papers is that the people you want to see them don't see them it's
26only the already converted, & papers like the Nation & the Statesman
27are afraid to take them!
29 Good bye dear Edward.
31 How finely Liebknicht & some of the Germans are standing out. There's
32a little handful of us in all nations.
34 Olive
The 'little thing' called 'Give unto Caesar' is: "Give Unto Caesar -" War & Peace vol 3, no 31, April 1916, p.106. The 'little book' that Schreiner began in Wales is the never completed 'The Dawn of Civilization'.