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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/85
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date1920
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 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.
1 Miss Molteno
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3 My darling Betty
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5 I am so sorry I mentioned to you this morning that Hughie Cartwright
6was dying of cancer. I know it must have brought back all you have
7lived through But I felt half stunned when I got Cron’s letter this
8morning telling me of it. For the last four years at de Aar he was
9like a child in our house, in & out every day. I can’t realize now
10that he’s really dying.
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12 But I ought not to have mentioned it. unreadable He’s the fifth of
13Cron’s family who has died of cancer in the last few years: but it
14was very thoughtless of me to have told you about it. "Great is
15silence."
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17 I hope you have rested nicely today dear one
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19 Olive
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