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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold3/Jan-Feb1920/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 30 January 1920
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 date of this letter has been written on in an unknown hand. Alice Greene was buried on 31 January 1920. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Friday
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3Betty, you know how I am with you. I wanted to go down to the funeral,
4but I can’t. I might only trouble you all. Some day when the weather
5is finer I will go down, for a day & see her quiet resting place.
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7If I could put an epitaph on her dear resting place it would be "Alice
8Greene
, much beloved & much loving." How beautiful her life was. Oh my
9darling will she never come into the room again with her bright
10wonderful smile.
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12Take care of yourself darling Betty. The strain physical & mental
13through which you have passed is perhaps greater than you know
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15Olive
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17I am so glad Eva & her husband are going down.
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