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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/99
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 18 January 1914
Address FromAlassio, Italy
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Alassio
2 Sunday
4 Dear EC.
6 I’m here at my beloved Alassio. I wonder if it wouldn’t do your
7sisters good to come here. London with out sunshine depresses people
8so when they are ill. Oh Edward it is like Paradise here today. I
9walked to the promontory & saw the blue bays & ^blue^ mountains with the
10white snowy mountains beyond Spitzer, sticking out beyond. There could
11be nothing on earth more beautiful. I am so well here, that I can’t
12help feeling it would do everyone else good. I shall be here for two
13or three weeks, before I tear myself away to go on to Florence. Flor
14Thankyou for the cards of introduction. I shall use them when I go. A
15very nice old German (I fancy a professor) & his delightful wife are
16here, & they are expecting in a few days a friend who sha has been a
17professor in Japan & has married a Japanese wife, who is coming with
18him. It will be interesting to meet her. I’ve never personally met a
19Jap; I wonder if I shall feel drawn to her as I do to Indian ^women.^ I
20have a curious sympathy with many Indians.
22 Its so beautiful & restful here, Edward. For 17 years I’ve longed to
23be here, & now I find it more beautiful than I thought.
25 There is only the nightmare of Africa in the background. The
26Government there thinks that by imprisoning hundreds of men & shooting
27^down^ others they can keep a whole people down. I see nothing but a
28?path of blood before us.
30 Good bye dear.
31 Olive.
33 ^I suppose your sisters are unreadable ^^too^^ ill to be moved, otherwise I
34think a change to some part of the Riviera must be good for them.^
36 ^If they thought of coming here I would try to find suitable rooms.^