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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold2/1913/57
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 December 1913
Address FromLondon
Address Toc/o Standard Bank, Clements Lane, London
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.
1 London
2 26 December 1913
4 Darling Lucy
6 Do you know it was only to-day when I went out to cash the cheque that
7I found out what it really was. I read the 60 on the lower line but
8never the 100 on the upper. Only when I paid it in at the "Standard"
9did I find out! Why its not present, its a fortune, dear. I shall be
10able to try all the cures in Europe out of it. I feel quite over
11powered by all the love & kindness my dear friends ^show^ me. I wish I
12feel I could do some work in the world to be worth it.
14 Lucy dear, I can’t tell you in words how I feel about all your love
15to me. It was so beautiful of you to think of that tea for all my
16friends but dear it’s not what you’ve done for me but what you are
17to me that is the greatest of all. When in my mind I see that dear
18face such a sense of peace & happiness comes to me.
20 The voyage has done me such wonderful good, I have not felt as well as
21I feel now for years. Oliver & Ursula & Dr Corthorn came to meet me at
22Southampton & from the moment I landed I have been surrounded by the
23love of my dear old friends. I was almost afraid to come here feeling
24all would be changed, but you know, I feel as if I’d never been away!
25 If I never had any happiness again in my life, the happiness of these
26few days would be something to live on. The weather has been splendid
27since I came, no rain, no fog still bright weather, with a clear pale
28English sunshine such as I never knew in England before at this time
29of the year. Its like the fine weather you sometimes have in England
30in the early spring.
31 ^
32I leave for Italy today week My nephew Oliver Schreiner is going with
33me for two weeks.
35 Good bye dear. Yours ever
36 Olive
38 Address c/o Standard Bank
39 Clements Lane^