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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday August 1919
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 have 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.
1Tuesday
2
3My darling Betty
4
5Thank you for your card. I enclose part of Isabellas letter about the
6meeting in her rooms of the delegates. Its so good about our Alice.
7I’ve been looking at that picture of you & her. You both look so
8much more beautiful now than you did then. I wish we could have
9another taken as you are now. Is there no one in Padstow who takes
10well. But Alice ought to be taken smiling – her smile is Alice.
11
12The ship of Africa wi which they hoped to go in cannot take them: so
13they are not leaving till the end of the month.
14
15I have got Mr “?Lubbaellies” rooms for Edna & Oliver till they can
16move into their own rooms in no 3. Fan & Lyndall are coming to the
17^first^ room on your floor which has a small double bed in it, till they
18sail at the end of the month. Mrs Smith can only give them breakfasts
19but they can go out for the other meals.
20
21It will indeed be nice to me to have them near me at last.
22
23Edna grows more & more fascinating to me. I am most careful never to
24mention politics to her, & I believe she’ll get to love me at last.
25The great thing when you haven’t the same views as other people is
26never to refer to them. She’s very sterling, what she believes right
27she will always do.
28
29The weather is very cold & damp here. We have rain every day. This is
30just the time when the country is so nice & the London so bad. In Dec
31& Jan I think London is as good as the country in spite of the fog.
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33My love to you.
34Olive
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