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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold3/Jan-Feb1920/18
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||Friday 30 January 1920
|Address From||9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
|Who To||Betty Molteno
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 Betty Molteno, 30 January 1920, 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 of this letter has been written on in an unknown hand. Alice Greene was buried on 31 January 1920. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3: Betty, you know how I am with you. I wanted to go down to the funeral,
4: but I can’t. I might only trouble you all. Some day when the weather
5: is finer I will go down, for a day & see her quiet resting place.
7: If I could put an epitaph on her dear resting place it would be "Alice
8: Greene, much beloved & much loving." How beautiful her life was. Oh my
9: darling will she never come into the room again with her bright
10: wonderful smile.
12: Take care of yourself darling Betty. The strain physical & mental
13: through which you have passed is perhaps greater than you know
17: I am so glad Eva & her husband are going down.