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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/38
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||Wednesday 2 August 1916
|Address From||Trevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
|Who To||William Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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 William Philip ('Will') Schreiner, 2 August 1916, UCT Manuscripts & Archives, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand, while the name of its addressee has been surmised from content. Schreiner was resident at Llandrindod Wells between mid June and mid September 1916.
5: Thanks for letter & news. I’m so glad its his right arm not the left.
6: That seems a curious thing to say, but its true!! I shall be so glad
7: to know he’s in England.
9: I didn’t know what a strain I was living under till it was removed.
10: I’m quite better the last two days & have actually been writing a
11: little. I seemed always waiting for a wire to come. Oh for the many to
12: whom the wire does come!
14: I have just heard from Mrs Baerlein. Her third has just returned from
15: Salinica where he has been on active service for 12 months having
16: undergone a severe operation. The eldest son is in Russia. She sends
17: greetings to you. She has written to ask me to try & get rooms for her
18: & her husband here in the middle of August. It will be nice to see her.
19: Except May & her husband I’ve I never see any one. Thanks for the
20: copy of the Morning Post. The Colonel seems a jolly large spirited old
21: chap. What date was Oliver wounded. There’s no mention of his name yet
22: in the lists of wounded. It makes one feel how many there must be one
23: hears nothing of. I have now only one wish to hear the boy is with you.
The comment about ‘actually writing a little’ refers to the never completed ‘The Dawn of Civilization’.