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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.9
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 September 1917
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToRuth Alexander nee Schechter
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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 c/o Standard Bank
2 10 Clements Lane
3 Lombard St
4 City.
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6 Sep 22nd 1917
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8 My darling Ruth
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10 The other day some one told me that they had heard from South Africa
11that your brother was dead.
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13 But they couldn't tell me who told them, they said they couldn't
14remember.
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16 I don't believe its true & yet I feel I must write to know if it is.
17It seems to me much more likely to be one of your husbands brother. Do
18write & tell if its all a false report as I do, do, hope it is. Write
19& tell me about yourself dear. Are you perhaps going to have another
20little one & is not feeling well the cause of your long silence, or
21are perhaps tired. Send me just a line The long dark winter is
22beginning to close in about us: the summer has been so wet & dark it
23has been worse than some winters. Oh how I would love to be with you
24for a few hours & have a long talk.
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26 Olive
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