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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/20
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday June 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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 month and year of this letter have been written on in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
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3 Darling Betty
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5 It was quite a bitter disappointment to me when I got your card this
6morning to say you were not coming, but on the other hand I am so glad,
7 because this awful heat would be even too much for you The papers say
8yesterday was the hottest day we have had this year & today is hotter
9Fan & all of them are away at Cambridge so I shall not see them
10tomorrow, I think there is not a soul I know in town except Mrs
11Solomon
& I’ve heard nothing of her, so I’ve not news. The papers
12are too sad. Trying to force the Hapsburgs upon Hungary!!
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14 It is so splendid our Alice is better. Is she gaining weight. I’ll
15write a real letter tomorrow I got a dear letter from Mrs Murray & one
16from Lucy by this mail.
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18 I enclose a letter from dear Mrs Schutze which it may amuse you to
19read, about their caravan trip. Don’t return it. How nice it must be
20to have a caravan.
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22 London is so empty without you – but I am so glad you are with our
23darling.
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25 Olive
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27 I think there is a great reactionary movement coming on everywhere for
28a time. I had a long letter of four closely written pages from Jan
29Smuts
from Maderia. I am going to write him a long letter as soon as I
30am able.
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