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Letter ReferenceAnna Purcell MSB 386/2.19
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 March 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToAnna Purcell nee Cambier Faure
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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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 March 24th 1920
3 My darling Anna
5 I can't wish you many happy returns of this day. It will be a sad one
6for you, & yet it will be full of beautiful memories. Oh Anna, I can't
7think that if ever I come out to South Africa I shall not see that
8dear beautiful face again. He was the finest man, take him for all in
9all, we had in South Africa. I cant realize he is really gone.
11 Thank Walter for his long interesting letter. How good it is you have
12him. Oliver's wife has a most beautiful baby girl called Jean Frances.
13The both is doing well but Edna has much trying swellings in her left
14breast, & I am anxious about her. She is a most loveable fascinating
17 Good bye my own beloved friend.
18 Olive
20 I hear Lord Lytton is going out to the Cape as Governor, I don't know
21if its true
23 I am expecting Ruth Alexander next week. What a joy it will be to me.