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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday October 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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Legend
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.
1Thursday
2
3Dear I’ve not been fit or would have written I am so glad our Alice
4got out.
5
6Lucy doesn’t seem to have hit it off at all with Mrs Molteno or
7Islay. She was to have gone down to Park lands this week, but Mrs
8Molteno wrote to say she was not to come. She says she hates
9Park-lands & of course if Mrs Molteno heard this she would not like it.
10 It will be a good thing when the dear child goes home. Monica seems
11the only person she has made friends with. What I love about her is
12her transparent truthfulness. Of course all this is only for yourself.
13Her one idea is to marry a millionaire, & as I told her, they are not
14plentiful, & if you find them they want want to marry a Dukes daughter
15or an Earls! She is passing through a phase, & will settle all down
16all right when she gets home, & marry a good young farmer likely. Mrs
17Molteno is only coming up next week for a couple of days.
18
19I had a bad heart attack on Tuesday & would I think have died if Mrs
20Smith had not come up & brought me some whisky which pulled me round.
21I am longing for more news of Dot.
22
23Tell my darling Alice, I think of her first thing when I wake in the
24morning, & she is my last thought at night.
25
26Oh if I could do anything for her.
27Olive
28
29I am reading a most fascinating book – “The Peace Conference” by
30Dillon You & Alice should would be ^most interested in it.^
31
Notation
The book referred to is: Emile Joseph Dillon (1919) The Peace Conference London: Hutchinson & Co.