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Letter ReferenceColenso Papers, MSS. Afr. s. 1293/8, 11-12
ArchiveBodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies, Rhodes House, University of Oxford
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: October 1914 ; Before End: December 1914
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToSophie Colenso nee Frankland (m.1880)
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The Project is grateful to the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, for allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their Special Collections. The year has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Kensington Palace Mansions from late October 1914 to late July 1915. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel
2De Vere Gardens, W.
3Telephone: 3675 Kensington. Telegram: Apartment, London
5Dear Mrs Colenso
7Yes, that is my brother, there are only 3 of us left.
9Thank you so much but I am too ill to go out any where. I do wish you
10lived somewhere near here. I should so like to see more of you & your
11dear daughter who attracted me so much.
13If ever you are in town & could spare time to some & see me & would
14not mind coming up to my room I should so like to see you.
16Yours most sincerely
17Olive Schreiner
20If ever you should be coming please let me know before hand if
21possible. I am never out but when I go to get some electric heart
22treatment but it might just happen I was out there when you came & I
23would be so sorry to miss you.