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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold4/Jan-June1915/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 February 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToAlice Greene
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Legend
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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The letter is on printed headed notepaper. The name of the addressee is indicated by content.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
3
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens, W.
6
7Darling your letter was sweet to me. I’ve been in bed 12 day but am
8much better & I think I shall be able to get up soon
9
10Mrs Murray came to to see me to day. It was so sweet of her. I’d not
11seen any one since I got ill She stayed a long time. I hope if I can
12get up tomorrow I shall be able to see Ted. He’s a dear fellow. He
13has sent me a lovely box of nectarines, which were the first thing
14I’d been able to eat for days.
15
16Give my love to my darling Betty. I will write to your artist friend
17as soon as I’m up. Send on any papers I send you to Ruth Alexander
18when you’ve done with them. I don’t often see my brother or Dot.
19I’ve only seen him once for a minute in the last six weeks.
20
21Good bye dear. Thank you for your sweet letter
22Olive
23Love to my
24
25^darling Betty^
26
Notation
The 'artist friend' referred to is Isaac Rosenberg, now known as a poet but also a proficient artist, who had met and stayed with Betty Molteno and Alice Greene for part of the time he was in South Africa between June 1914 and February 1915, with his link with Alice Greene focusing more on their shared interest in poetry; see Jean Moorcroft Wilson (2007) Isaac Rosenberg: The Making of a Great War Poet London: Weidenfield & Nicholson.