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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold1/Jan-July1919/28
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 10 July 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.
1Thursday
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3Fan, my dear old sister, your face is always with me. I know what you
4are living through. If I could but help you Telephone to me if ever
5you feel you’d like me to come in in the afternoon or evening for
6half an hour
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8It will be hard for you too at first when you go out to Africa, but I
9know Bill will help & comfort you & you will have Ursie & Dot & the
10dear little grandson
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12Good bye, dear.
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14Oh if I could tell you how my heart aches for you. The dear children
15are young; they have all the future before them. You & I live in the
16past; I can always hear his voice reciting the poemes he liked when he
17was a boy. He seems to live here in this room with me.
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19Eat enough dear, & get out for walks in the Park. You are weak & must
20keep up your strength for all who love you.
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22Olive
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