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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 19 January 1916
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To59 Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge, London
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 of this letter is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident at St Mary Abbotts Terrace from December 1915 to late February 1916.
1Wednesday
2
3Dear Fan
4
5I shall come on Friday to fetch my box & portmanteau its been too bad
6to trouble you with them so long, but I’ve lived in hopes from day
7to day of finding a tiny flat in Hampstead or somewhere to which I
8could take all my possessions. If you are out at 4 on Friday ^when I
9call for the things^ please tell the girl ^servant maid^ where my things
10are that I may get them.
11
12“Go from Home to hear Home news!” I hear from the Cape that there
13is a report in the Cape papers that Will is going to resign his post,
14but, that “he will neither deny nor confirm the report”. In time
15to come when Jan Smuts makes his great native war I should not like to
16see our old man in any connection with the government, but as far as I
17can see now I hope he will be able to keep it while Oliver is at the
18front.
19
20Good bye dear.
21Thank you so much for having my things so long.
22Olive
23
24One day, when its a fine day wont you go with me on the top of the
25tram to Hampden Court? Its much nicer than in a motor, you see so much
26more, but the seats are not so soft
27