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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/45
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date15 December 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToMay Murray Parker nee Murray
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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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Dec 15th 1919
3Darling May,
5Thank you for your beautiful gift of Butter – but I’m sure you
6can’t spare it now everything is so s-carce.
8Betty had hoped to come up to London if Polly Greene came to Town –
9but now she is not coming Betty will not come up yet. I do hope our
10beloved Bety will not break down. Helen Greene has been sent up for a
11week. Oliver & his wife have had to leave this part of London & go to
12West Kensington, as the people from whom they had rooms said they
13could not stay on after the Baby came. She will of course go to a
14nursing home for a month when the baby comes, but we had to find a
15place for her to go to afterwards. For two weeks we were seeking every
16where but at last when we were in absolute despair, we found some tiny
17rooms very expensive where they said they didn’t mind a baby. They
18are so far from me I shall hardly ever be able to go & see them as I
19am now not strong enough to go out much.
21I am not going anywhere for Xmas but shall spend it here. It’s the
22first Xmas since I came to England that I have not had a letter from
23my old brother & been to see him.
25News from the Cape is good. Ursula’s husband had three patients the
26first day he started his practice.
28Oh I am so sorry dear Freddie is having asthma. I too find my breath
29growing shorter & shorter & have to sit up the greater part of the
30night. I know what it is. I hope you have better news of your mother.
32My love to you both. May your Xmas be a happy one in your love &
33sympathy, for each other.
36^Are not those shootings in India dreadful?^