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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/56
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Friday 22 December 1913 ; Before End: 23 December 1913
Address FromRMS Edinburgh Castle
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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 month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The date range is provided by content.
1 Edinburgh Castle
2 Friday
4 Dear Laddie
6 We passed Madeira this morning & I got a great pile of English letters
7from my dear friends.
9 Alice Corthorn writes she is coming down to Southampton to meet me.
10And Constance Lytton & her dear old mother have come up to London on
11purpose to see my & save my going down to Knebworth.
13 If Ol can’t go with me to Italy Pethick Lawrence says a great friend
14of his a Mr Harold Large will take me, whom Constance Lytton says is
15one of the most beautiful tenderhearted characters she knows. I shall
16see when I arrive whether I can leave at once or stay in England till
17New Year. They say the trains are so crowded in Xmas week by people
18going to the continent that its hardly possible to travel.
20 It was beautiful to see land at Madeira today. I think the lying so
21absolutely still & resting entirely has done me great good.
23 Today when the ship was resting at Madeira I dressed & went out. A
24Miss & Mrs Hendersen are on board & they came & spoke to me. They say
25they came out with Olly & Ursie & were loud in their praises. They say
26everyone on board admired Oliver so much & his great tenderness & care
27over Ursie. She’s a lucky little person!
29 Xmas Evening
31 Oliver Alice Corthorn & Ursula came to fetch me at Southampton It
32seems like heaven to be me here. Ursie is splendid, so developed & so
33gentle & sweet. I hope the darling will pass her exam. Oliver is
34Oliver. I can’t say more.
36 Alice Corthorn has aged very much, but she is sweeter & more beautiful
37in spirit than ever. I have seen Adela & Con Lytton. unreadable Adela
38has been very ill again
40 Friday Good bye dear old man. My love to all the dear ones I’ll
41write to Dot next week
42 Olive