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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/43
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 4 October 1916
Address FromDawson Place Mansions, Pembridge Square, 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.
1Dawson Place Mansions
2Wednesday
3
4My dear old Brother
5
6I wondered why when I woke this morning I had a pleasant feeling at my
7heart to which I’d long been a stranger, & then I remembered about
8Ol. I am so glad. For you, dear, more than for him. Your old face
9looked so troubled, so oppressed the last time I saw it. It it our
10Bill, or affairs in Africa or just the weight of life generally that
11is pressing on you? You need rest & change of that I’m sure.
12
13Does the boys fellowship mean anything monetarily as well as the
14honour? Would he have to live at Cambridge to enjoy ^get^ it. Of course
15it doesn’t matter a bit; the thing is that they have recognized the
16value of our Boy. It seems to me some how a greater honour than if he
17had passed that final big exam he was working for. Its a sort of free
18gift, & means to me more.
19
20I wish old man Fred was here to rejoice with us.
21
22Thanks dear for your loving thoughts. I’m managing all right. The
23air here doesn’t suit me very well & I shall get other rooms if ever
24I can, where I can have my own food & am closer to the bus. But I have
25quite a clean airy room here, & one can’t have every thing in this
26world.
27
28Yesterday Adela had a motor car lent her by one of her rich friends, &
29she took me for a drive to Hampstead which picked me up a bit. She had
30seen in the paper about Ol, & was so glad. I’ve just had a note that
31Alice Corthorn is very ill with influenza & I am going down to see her
32now. Oh if she had not adopted that terrible child. Maddie Holland has
33just been & I told her about Ol.
34
35Good bye my dear old brother.
36Ol
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