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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 8 April 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.
1 Sunday night
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3 Dearest May
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5 Betty came the day before yesterday Physically I never saw her looking
6so well, she has got much stouter & has a lovely colour. Mentally I
7know she is suffering, but I am sure she has gained wonderfully by
8being here. The first day she could not help breaking down continually
9- now she is more herself It is good for her to talk to others, & see
10them. She says she will stay here two weeks any how.
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12 Have you news of your father & mother Betty thinks they may be going
13to East Africa with Margaretta & her father. But it seems to me hardly
14likely in their poor state of health.
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16 I do hope you are keeping quite full now. People are pouring away so
17to Italy & the South of France, it seems to me more than half the
18people I know have gone there. I p do hope so you will be able to go
19to Africa. For myself I feel more & more doubtful of my getting there
20unless I get better – but this is always the most trying month of
21the year.
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23 Good bye, dear Love to you both
24 Olive
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