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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/26
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 23 October 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 date has 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 night
3My darling Betty,
5If you knew how you & Alice I am so glad she is getting into the room
6with inner walls.
8I enclose that man’s letter. I told him nothing about Alice: I
9simply enclosed Helen’s account. I think his letter horrid. I
10don’t believe in him. I went to have a talk with Dr Sayer about him.
11She says he is a low unreadable mean sort of man, self-seeking &
12money-making. She cannot say that she knows of any cases of cancer he
13has cured, it seems to her he has relieved in two, but she cannot say
14surely they are cancer!
16I have been too ill to go to most of the meetings of the Economic
17conference called by the stop the Save the Children fun committee
18Percy was at both. At the big public meeting in the evening Lucy was
19with him. She had a beautiful green French hat & a splendid fur coat,
20& looked very grand. I didn’t speak to them as they were talking to
21other people. The meetings were not very good, the best speeches were
22by women, a splendid one by a little French woman demanding that our
23interference with Russia should cease & by Mary Barton a working woman
24from the North Thomas too made a fine speech. The capitalist are so
25half & half. Stephen Guest made a fine speech. He’s a very handsome
26young doctor who was all through the war but has now joined the labour
27party. I found it very difficult to get home & shall not try to go to
28any more meetings; the price is too great.
30I am anxious for further news of my Dot, but shall have to wait for
31some weeks. I have not seen any human being to speak to since last
32Monday except ^Eva &^ when Edna came in to tell me about Dots marriage
33She & Oliver are going to Cambridge for this week end, & next week
34they are going for a week to Wales with some friends of Olivers. Thats
35all my news dear.
37My dear dear love to you & our Alice