"Angry exchange with Little, Brown & Co, 'Stray Thoughts on South Africa' is not published" Read the full letter
Collection Summary | View All |  Arrange By:
< Prev |
Viewing Item
of 1895 | Next >
Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/2
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 9 January 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToTrevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
Who ToMay Murray Parker nee Murray
Other Versions
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
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.
19 Porchester Place
2Edgware Rd
5Dear May
7Thank you for the callendar.
9Just now Betty came back from Palace Court. Alice Greene & I were
10sitting by the fire in my room. Betty looked very solemn & sat down, &
11said she’d had very bad news at Palace Court. She said, “It’s
12about Freddie”, & sat still. Of course what could I think but that
13it was your Freddie, our Freddie! I felt a stab in my heart; I
14couldn’t move or speak. I seemed to see him coming in at the door of
15the dining room at Llandrindod with that sweet patient quiet smile on
16his face. Then Betty went on, & it turned out she was talking of a
17young ?Selon a son of an old ?Selon who is said to be missing at the
18front. But Ive felt quite bad all the afternoon. One never knows how
19much you love people till you think of evil coming to them!
21Now Betty & Alice have gone out to get some papers. Betty is going to
22dine at Palace Court & Alice Greene is having supper with me here. She
23is going back to Berkhampstead tomorrow. Betty had such a delightful
24time at Parklands. She has come back looking so fit.
26It’s very nice about George & Margaret, isn’t it? I am sure they
27will be of much help to eachother & to others too.
29The cold here is bitter. The snow is thick on the ground. I had a
30letter from Lucy a little while ago, but she didn’t give any special news.
32Good bye, dear.
33My love to you both