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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold3/Jan-Feb1920/19
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday 31 January 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToTrevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
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 date of this letter is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3My darling May
5I send you a card I have just got from Betty & letters from her &
6Helen & Eva Greene. Please return them.
8Alice was buried today at half past twelve Yes, I do want to go out to
9Africa next autumn, but I do not know where I could stay. There are so
10few places in Africa where I don’t get asthma. I hear Dr Murrays old
11house is now a boarding house. Is that true. If I could get an up
12stairs bedroom there it would suit me. It is so near to the station I
13could walk as far as that. It always suited me so there. The house is
14so well built & ventilated. No doubt the beauty & poetry of the place
15was your dear mother. How I long to see them all once again I am not
16sure my husband will come in May; he may go via Japan.
18Give my love to Mrs Molteno. I know how she must miss her husband &
19Margaret, & am so glad she’s with you. I hope John will soon be
20benefited by Llandrindod.
22The two Miss Brackenburys have just gone away to the south of Portugal
23for the winter. It must be splendid there. I fancy Betty will come on
24Monday, & I will write & let you know how I find her. I will do all I
25can to get her to go on to you at once.
27I don’t know how she will stand the fog & rain here after the
28beautiful sunshine at Trevone.
30Love to Freddie & you, my dear brave May