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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/5
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter DateThursday 4 February 1916
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address ToThe Cottage, Ivy Deane, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToAlice Greene
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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 postcard, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date of this postcard is provided by the postmark, and the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front. Schreiner was resident at St Mary Abbotts Terrace from December 1915 to late February 1916.
1Dear, Thanks for your nice letter about the picnic. I’ve got a
2letter from poor Eva. Her mother’s death is a great blow to her, &
3she’s so far from all her people I’ve been in bed all this week
4but am going to see her as soon as she telephones to me. Oh I long so
5to see Africa. But where should I go. My dear old house at de Aar
6kills me; & I’m as little good to anyone there as here. Oh as long
7as one can be of use to other people nothing in life matters.
9Good bye my darling. I know you & Betty think of me sometimes