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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date29 August 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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Aug 29th 1919
3My dear old sister
5Tomorrow will be our Will’s birthday. I know what you will be
6thinking of. Oh I am so glad dear, you are going back to Africa. You
7couldn’t bear it here any more.
9For me I feel when I think of your going like a ship wrecked mariner
10on the shore of an island who sees the last of his fellows sailing
11away – but I’m very glad you are going Your boy Bill will be a
12comfort to you I know, & all the old friends will gather round you.
14I’ll try to come on Sunday.
16Your old sister
19This is the first birthday for 50 years, half a century that I have
20not written to him. My little brother.