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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/95
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date3 August 1914
Address FromAmsterdam
Address ToPortlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner postcard, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. The date of this postcard is provided by the postmark and the address it was sent to and the recipient are on its front.
1 Amsterdam
3 I am here with my friend Dr Jacobs. I arrived from Berlin on Wednesday.
4 I meant to leave for England to-day, but the trains are so full of
5the military who mobilising, & the steamers so full of English &
6Americans who are flying from Germany that I might not get through so
7I am waiting till Monday when things might be better. It is a terrible
8time. The longer I live the more I hate war. It is an unmixed evil. I
9hope you have all had a lovely winter, & that war will not come near
10South Africa. I am beginning to long so to see the faces who live in
11Africa & the blue skys - but I know it would be foolish for me to go
12till I'm really better. Nauheim has certainly done me much good. I can
13walk much further than I could when I went there. I expect you are
14making the garden at the new place lovely. With so little frost
15anything will grow there. I'll write as soon as I get to England.
17 Love to you from
18 Olive