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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold1/Dated/50
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 6 March 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToTrevone, Padstow, Cornwall
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 and month of this letter are provided by the postmark on an attached envelope, while the year is illegible and has been written on in an unknown hand. The address the letter was sent to is on the envelope. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 Friday
3 Darling Betty
5 I enclose you a sweet letter I got from Margaret this morning. I am
6sending her a letter of introduction to Bessie Reitz. I think they
7will like each other much. Return the letter of Margarets. Its strange
8you know, but Alice seems to me always much more a part of Africa than
9of England. There her real lifes work was done, there her beautiful
10spirit seemed to me always a part of the sunshine & the flowers & the
11mountains & the velt. To me, in England she seemed almost a stranger
12much as she loved the country. London she never loved. Oh how she
13loved Table Mountain & the walks & climbs.
15 I am reading such an interesting book – the diary of Wilfred Blunt.
16You would love it. It has helped me so through this last time. He is
17the great defender of the Egyptians & Arabs & Indians & Irish.
19 Good bye dear one
20 Olive
22 ^I’m glad Margaret liked Dot so. I hope she will like Bessie^
The enclosed letter is no longer attached. The book referred to is: Wilfred Scawen Blunt (1919) My Diaries: being a personal narrative of events 1888-1914 London: Martin Secker.