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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/13
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date17 June 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 year has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1June 17th 192
3Dear old Sister
5Its ages since I had any news of you! I am going to see Edna next
6Saturday. I’ve not seen Jean for three weeks so shall find her much
7grown. She a wonderful child with much character & determination in
8her face. – very intelligent.
10We are having much better weather here & I am much better since the
11rain & fog left off. I When I come to Africa I mean to cure myself by
12living almost entirely on fruit when the fruit comes. When the pawpaws
13are ripe in Natal I shall send for a box every week. I shall live on
14them & get quite well!!!
16Perhaps I shall go to Natal in the winter & live on fresh Pawpaws!
18I suppose Cron will be sailing soon from South Africa & he will be
19able to give me all your news when he comes.
21John Findlay has sent me a collection of his poems. I think they are
22very wonderful I do hope Bessie & all of them will come to Cape Town
23so that I can see them. Y When you live alone as I do you have such a
24longing to see people who belong to you.
26May & Dr Parker are coming out to Africa in November & I think Miss
will come out with them.
29We are having war bread again & every thing is much much dearer than
30when you were here. Coals are twice the price. I could not afford to
31have any fires next winter if I were here. So I must go I couldn’t
32stand the whole winter with no fires.
34Please give my love to old Bill. I am so thankful you have him. It is
35so beautiful to have children as you grow old. There is always someone
36left who wants you in the world. I do hope wi Tommy will send Oliver a
37cable when the baby comes. I am always thinking of her. Fancy our Dot
38with her own baby! Ursie has sent me a most lovely picture of herself
39& that darling boy. What a sweet smile he has.
41My dear love to you