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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold1/1912/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 14 February 1912
Address FromAlexandra Hotel, Muizenberg, Western Cape
Address ToSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToLucy Molteno nee Mitchell
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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 have been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. The letter is on printed headed notepaper with a picture of the hotel and beach, with the envelope having the same picture.
1 Alexandra Hotel
2 Muizenberg
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4 ^Wednesday^ 191^2^
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6 Lucy, dear, I’m thinking so much of you. It’s so hard that you
7haven’t any of your own people here with whom you can talk, your
8sister, or someone to whom your mother was as dear as is was to you. I
9know when my father who was so belovèd to me dropped dead of heart
10disease I felt I had only one wish to see some of my brothers or
11sister who were feeling his loss just as I was: & it did comfort me to
12see them.
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14 Don’t trouble to answer this note or my last. I only want you to
15know I am feeling with you. Take care of your dear-self for all of us
16who love you so. I hope your husband is looking more his old self.
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18 Yours lovingly
19 Olive Schreiner
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