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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/15
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 22 July 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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 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.
3My dear dear Betty
5I do hope you are having a good restful time. I am very happy, Cron is
6so sweet, & its so good not to be alone, but the heat has made me too
7unwell to go out with him as I would like. He is going to pay all my
8expenses out to South Africa, but he has not much money & fears he may
9have to give up the trip to America I hope not, even if he goes only
10for a little time. If I should see Margaret or Mrs Murray before you
11return (which is not likely) I will of course not hint at anything
12about Lenox. ^Nor^ anything you have told me
14“Great is silence” One may injure a fellow human more by talking
15about them & their affairs than by stabbing them
17I do hope your weather is better than here, & that you are able to
18take long walks I have a hope when you know Margaret & Mrs Murray are
19here you will have the feeling you must run up & see them.
21Good bye my darling darling Betty. You will never know what your being
22in England has meant to me. I should have been so utterly lonely
23without you.
26^Cron sends kindest regards^