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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/25
|Archive||National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
|Letter Date||5 December 1919
|Address From||9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
|Who To||Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Minnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes, 5 December 1919, National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
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.
9 Porchester Place
Dec 5th 1919
Dear, dear Friend
My niece Lyndall Schreiner has married a Colonel Gregg who is in
8: command of a Balt. at a place called Tabora in ^Late^ German East Africa.
9: I have an idea that it was near there that our beloved Haldane fell.
10: If it was so & his grave is there, anywhere in that part, I know she
11: would go to see it & see that it is kepp kept in order. I should love
12: to think of her standing beside his resting place. Please tell me if I
13: am right. When is our Andre to be married? Do one of you write & give
14: me a little news about you all? I suppose Bobbie & Kathie are still in
15: Cape Town.
I think so often of you all, but I am not able to write much: the
18: continual attacks of angina pectoris prevent one from walking & that
19: weakens one.
My dear friend Alice Greene is dying slowly of cancer. She does not
22: know it is cancer, they have kept that from her, but she knows she
23: can't get well. She is staying in a little cottage in Cornwall, & Miss
24: Molteno & her two sisters are staying with her & caring for. It is so
25: hard for me that I cannot get down to see her once again. She is a
26: splendid woman. My niece only met Colonel Gregg on board ship, & they
27: were married the day after they got to Cape Town. All of them seem to
28: like him very much & she is blissfully happy. I am only sorry she has
29: to go so far away from her mother. I know you will have been sorry to
30: hear of dear Dr Purcell's death. It is a terrible blow to Anna who
31: loved him so. I've got such tragic beautiful letters from her.
Good bye dear friend.
My love to you all