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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Georgiana Solomon MSC 26/2.13.3
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 October 1916
Address FromDawson Place Mansions, Pembridge Square, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToGeorgiana Solomon
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1 Dawson Place Mansions
2 Pembridge Sq
3 London W.
4 Oct 5th 1916
6 Dear Mrs Solomon
8 I have not read Platjes book but will get it from Mundie's. You know I
9am a pacifist, & from what I hear he advocates the natives coming over
10here to help kill. I think it the greatest mistake. I have a friend a
11Mr Hodgson who has been deeply interested in Platje's book, he has
12asked me if I could get him a copy of the Blue Book - with the
13minority report. I have not got a copy of it. Would it be possible for
14you to lend it to him? He would carefully return it. If it was too
15much trouble to post it to him & you would give your consent I would
16give him your address & he might call for the books - if you cared to
17lend them. He wants very much to meet Solomon Platje Could you perhaps
18arrange for him to meet him in your house?
20 If so would you write to him. He is an engineer living at Luton His
21address is
23 JL Hodgson Esq
24 23 Rothersay Rd
25 Luton
27 I can understand how precious your son's poem must be to you. Forgive
28this short note I began it some time ago, but have been too ill to
29finish it.
31 Yours with love to you & your daughter
32 Olive Schreiner
34 JL Hodgson Esq
35 23 Rothersay Rd
36 Luton
37 Beds
The books referred to are: Solomon Plaatje (1914) Native Life in South Africa London: P.S. King & Sons; Correspondence Relating to the Natives Land Act, 1913 Parliamentary Paper. Cd7508 London: HMSO.