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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 6 October 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToEastcliff, St James, Kalk Bay, Western Cape
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 is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address this letter was sent to. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Sunday afternoon
3Dear old Sister
5It was a joy to get your note from Southampton I am looking forward
6for a word from Las Palmas. It hope it was not very stormy in the Bay
7– we had strong wind here. You are now in the quiet tropical sea, &
8soon to see dear old Table Mountain.
10I am so glad you were able to spend that little time here. It makes
11this house so much less lonely to me that you were here. I’m glad we
12had that little visit to the bios-cope together. Its always something
13to remember. I know all your old friends will gather round you at the
14Cape, take away from the sense of “emptiness” I know you will feel.
15Our dear Bill will be a right hand to you. Tell me about all the
16little things that happen, & the dear old friends.
18The day before yesterday Miss Edith Orpen called here, looking for for
19rooms. She seemed much troubled having to leave her old place. Mrs
20Smith she said she could have the room you & Dot had for 30/- a week.
21She came up to see me, & said that was more than she could pay. After
22she had gone I saw Mrs Smith & asked her if she couldn’t let her have
23it for less, & she agreed to take 27/-, so I wrote to Miss Orpen & she
24is coming. I feel so awfully sorry for any one looking for rooms who
25can’t find them. I have suffered here so much in that way myself, I
26saw Edna yesterday – she is looking very well & happy, & says she has
27settled down very nicely in her rooms. I am going over this afternoon
28to see how they look. I’ve not been out any where to my meals once you
29left; its no fun going alone. I hope the strike will be over this week
30– but who can ^say.^
32Good bye dear old sister. You don’t know how I miss you but I’m glad
33you’ve gone. It’s too sad here.