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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 29 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, London
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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1Alexi
231 The Park ^Park^
3Hampstead
4nr Golders Green.
5Wednesday
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7Dear Will
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9I am feeling rather anx-ious about our boy as there is much fighting
10in France. If there were any new it was necessary to send me please
11wire here. As we have no telephone in this house, or telephone to me
12under the name Einart ^you will find it in the book^. They are a family
13in this street who have a telephone & would not mind sending it on to
14me. If I don’t hear I shall know its good news.
15
16I do not find I can stay on in this beautiful house of my friend, as
17its too damp & cold. I am trying to look for rooms nearer London. My
18left kidney is very bad which has the stone in it, is very bad & I may
19have to go soon to a nursing home. I am getting a paralasis in the
20hands & leg, & can’t speak sometimes, though I think the words I
21can’t move my tongue & lips. I’ll let you know of any move I make.
22Dear Alice Corthorn was quite kind, but she has such trouble with
23servants, that I don’t feel what I pay her makes up for the trouble,
24& she is so wrought that I don’t feel one ought to add to her
25tension in any way.
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27Good bye my dear old man. Its nice to me to think you are here though
28I don’t see much of you. Always you old little sister
29Olive
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31Cron is always sending affectionate messages to you.
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33The drought there is very awful. All the trees in our garden are dying.
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