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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 1916
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToFrederick (‘Fred’) Pethick-Lawrence
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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. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes any uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on.
1 About 1916 - 17
2 Wednesday night
4 I would be so glad to see you if you if you could look me up any
5afternoon about five if that would suit you. I agree with what you say
6about the position today - in some ways it is worse, in others better.
7What seems to me so hopeless is the financial position in this country.
8 As far as food, we shall be starving soon. We all but are now, and it
9gets worse daily. I go out to shop and come back hopeless with nothing.
11 Do come if ever you can spare time.