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Letter ReferenceW.P. Schreiner BC112/B31/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 December 1917
Address Fromc/o Standard Bank, 10 Clements Lane, Lombard Street, London
Address ToChambers, Wale Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToBill Schreiner
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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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1 Address – if you require it – to
2 c/o Standard Bank
3 10 Clement’s Lane
4 Lombard St
5 London
6 Dec 26th 1917
8 My dear old Bill
10 Yesterday was Xmas day & I went to have dinner & supper at the Flat
11with the old folk. We had as happy a day as might be with our thoughts
12running far over the seas. Many went a certain person whom we all hear
13has got so thin & who might be suffering again from one of those
14horrid attacks of fever. I do hate that fever because you never know
15when you’ve got done with it.
17 In the afternoon Ursie when to the Hospital to see Plum Lewis. She
18brought back the good news that he really seemed a little better. We
19are all very anxious about him, as there is septic poison in the leg.
20He’s got wonderfully thin. I’m going to see him again this week.
21I’m awfully fond of him. Of all the young Cape men I like him the
22best. Ronald Beard had supper with us. His arm is out of the sling now,
23 but he's still in hospital being treated & doesn’t look fit.
25 Ursie had been in bed with a bad cold but was up again. She’s got
26very thin. It’s a way we have in this country now, where it’s hard
27to get any butter, any sugar, any tea, any any thing. We are all much
28thinner than we used to be! No body talks about anything but "food"
31 There came a little parcel from Dot with a little remembrance for each
32one of us. We tried to be as "bucked up" as we could. It was nice to
33be together.
35 Good bye, dear boy. All best wishes for next year. Don’t have any
36more fever.
38 Your small aunt
39 "Vetsky"
41 That’s the new name Oliver gave me when I came over & they all call
42me by it