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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold1/Jan-July1919/17
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 25 June 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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.
1Wednesday night
3Dear Fan
5It was sweet of you to send me the wire. I am so glad Will has tried
6massage. That & electricity are the only things that will really help
7him. I believe rightly use they might almost cure one. I don’t believe
8if I could have got him to try electricity & massage he would ever
9have broken down I know Dr Parker believes in them.
11It has been the most terribly hot day I ever knew in London.
13I could not get to Ursies till 7 o’clock this evening. I found to my
14surprise that Dot had been there for a few minutes, & Sidney was just
15going off to join her at your flat & take her off to dinner Ursie &
16the baby looked splendid, & the dear nurse was as sweet & smiling as ever.
18You must not think of hurrying back because of Ursie dear, I will
19write & let you know every day how she is getting on. She looks just
20splendid. Her temperature is quite normal & all going well nurse says.
21She was not torn at all, or injured in any way.
23Give my love to my old brother, & to the Parkers. Don’t hurry back to
24this awful heat.