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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 March 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.
1My darling May
3A friend from the Cape thinks she would like to go to Llandrindod in
4August. Don’t trouble to write a letter, but just put down on a bit
5of paper the price of different sets of rooms. She is not really ill
6at all, but the doctors say she wants rest & quiet out of London. She
7can take long walks but is rheumatic & I am sure the waters would do
8her good.
10Darling Betty is bearing her sorrow so wonderfully. Truly she is
11splendid I want to write a little notice of Alice Greene for a Dutch
12paper at the Cape, but don’t yet quite see my way clear.
14Lyndall is expecting her baby in July & is going down to dar-es-Salam
15to have it, as there is a hospital there & she can have two doctors.
16But, oh May, I am so anxious about her so far from us all in that hot
17climate, but her husband seems absolutely devoted to her & she to him.
18If I could only go to her when the baby comes – but I am no good now.
20Good bye, dear. Love to dear Freddy & you