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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/28
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 31 October 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, 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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Frid Thursday
3My own old Brother
5I had such a terrible dream about you when I was down at Parklands –
6shows how silly dreams are you are all right. I enjoyed my stay there;
7they were most kind. The clear air did me good.
9I send you the Philm papers. If you could get anything for me from the
10American company I should be most thankful. Its the sense of my
11earning nothing & being a burden on others that crushes me in body as
12well as in mind.
14Goodbye dear.
15If you are at home I’ll try to come on Sunday.
There are two typescript letters attached, both addressed to Will Schreiner but concerning Olive Schreiner's writings.

The first, dated 7 September 1918, is from the African Film Productions Ltd of Johannesburg and states that the company is interested in acquiring the filming rights to The Story of an African Farm but has been unable to get in touch with Olive Schreiner directly and would Will Schreiner pursue the matter. This letter also comments on the company's filming credentials, contrasting the films made of books by Cynthia Stockley by another company, which is said to portray the African atmosphere as 'ludicrous in the extreme'. The letter also states that the company has contacted its London Agent, the International Variety & Theatrical Agency in Leicester Square, to make headway in this matter.

The second letter, dated 7 October 1918, is from the International Variety & Theatrical Agency and follows up the attempt made by African Film Productions Ltd to acquire filming rights and again asks for Will Schreiner's assistance.