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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/22
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 July 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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 has 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.
1 Dear Laddie
2
3 I send you a small bottle of the hayfever stuff. But with the rain the
4hayfever will not trouble you much & perhaps some ^one^ of your other
5remedies is the same as this.
6
7 Put about ten drops of this with ten of warm, but not too hot water in
8your eyeglass over your eye, or damp a small bit of very clean lint or
9wadding with it, & if you are lying down keep it over the covering the
10eyes well with a towel: to keep the lint damp or I just sometimes dip
11a tiny bit of sponge or my little finerer finger into the stuff &
12apply it v to the corner of the eye, & it helps at once. It’s the
13corner of the eye it starts from.
14
15 I am so glad you are having a bit of a holiday. Don’t trouble to
16answer this. The sight of pen & ink must make you ill!
17
18 I’m so glad Ursie likes the woman Ollie has chosen. I hope they will
19marry at once & not drag on a long engagement.
20
21 Have you read the most interesting book I have read for years "Modern
22Russia" by Gregor Alexinsky a Russian? It was published in 1913 the
23year before the war. It must have taken the man years to write it, it
24is condensed & with a marvellous grasp over Russian History &
25development – & read it now, it is curiously propetic prophetic. I
26have read 9 books on Russia during the last 5 months (I can do nothing
27but lie on the sofa & read) but this is far the best. One can even
28call it a great book. After all the other books I have read it draws
29every thing together, & makes a whole.
30
31 I do hope you will have fine weather, dear, & lots of golf.
32 Much love to Fan.
33 Ol
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Notation
The book referred to is: Gregor Alexinsky (1913) Modern Russia London: T. Fisher Unwin.