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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/4
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date14 August 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Aug 14th 1919
3Dear Lucy
5Thank you for your dear letter. My brother’s death has been the
6hardest blow I have ever had in my life. It seems to have ended
7everything for me.
9I am so sorry to hear from Betty that John has been so seriously ill.
10She is staying down with Miss Greene in Cornwall, but has come up for
11a few days & is staying here She goes back on Monday.
13My sister-in-law & Dot & Ursula & her husband & baby are going out to
14the Cape in a few weeks time. I hope you will get to know Ursula, I
15think you will like her. She is such a devoted little mother. I have
16never seen anyone take such a joy in her baby. Her husband is a very
17clever nose & throat & ear specialist, & I think ought to do well in
18Cape Town as we have not many specialists there.
20Your darling Lucy is up at Glen ?Lion. I do love her so; she’s so
21splendidly sincere & open, & so lovely physically. I wish I could have
22seen more of her. Sometimes she has such a look of you.
24Good bye dear dear friend.
27How much trouble our dear Anna Purcell has had to go through lately. I
28am distressed to hear of her husbands illness. I long oh, how I long
29to see you all again.