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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/22
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 9 September 1920
Address FromBirzana, Plumstead, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address ToSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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 is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address this letter was sent to.
1 Binzana
2 Plumstead
3 Thursday
5 Lucy dear,
7 It was such a disappointment that I was out when you came this
8afternoon. I am spending all my time looking for a room where I can
9settle down, & have not found one yet. I have advertised in the times
10but had no answers. Tomorrow morning I am going out to Sea Green Point
11to see if I can find one in a boarding house or else where. I would
12never have come to Africa if I had any idea it was so difficult to
13find a place here.
15 My nephew Oliver Schreiner’s wife was operated on to-day at Monte
16rosa for appendicitis. She has gone through the operation all right &
17I am anxiously awaiting further news of her.
19 My nephew & the nurse & baby are staying at my sister-in-laws, & as
20she is leaving for St James in a few weeks I can’t stay with her for
21more than a few days. As soon as I’ve found settle quarters I’ll
22come & spend a couple of days with you. I do so want to see you all.
23There is so little left of the old Africa I knew & loved that I
24treasure it all the more.
26 Olive