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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.9
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 April 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToJessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle
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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. A typed transcript only of this letter is available; the original cannot be traced.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Edgware Rd.
3 April 26th 1920
5 Dear Jessie,
7 I was so glad to get a letter from Dorothy yesterday, & to hear it was
8all going fairly well with them, & that she was hoping to go out to
9Africa next Jan. with the two youngest children. One cannot help
10feeling anxious about friends on the continent in these times.
12 I hope you are liking your new house & not finding it too old; I'm
13sure you'll make it lovely.
15 I'm hoping to come out to Africa in Aug. when Oliver and his wife go
16out. But sometimes I feel that it's only a dream that won't be
17realized. I am getting quickly worse, but it may be if this terrible
18damp spring is over one may pull up. Its the dampest spring known in
19England for over 50 years: it pours & pours, all the country is under
20water. The worst rainy winter in Cape Town is heaven to this. You seem
21to breathe water not air, & its very bad for the crops --- which is
24 I wonder if you've seen Cron? I've just had a very interesting letter
25from Dot. You know she expects her baby at the end of July.
27 Dear little Edna is still in the nursing home, suffering terribly with
28her breast. I think the doctor badly mismanaged it. Her baby is two &
29a half months old. It is a lovely babe, very like its sweet mother.
31 Goodbye, dear.
33 Greetings to Sir James. It will be so beautiful if I can see you all
36 Olive
38 Ruth Alexander has been here for two weeks. She comes to see me every
39day: it has been such a joy.