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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 17 May 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') 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 date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident in St Mary Abbotts Terrace for some weeks during April and May 1914.
1Sunday morning
3Dear old Man
5I hope you got a really good sleep last night. I am hoping for the
6best of news about our little girl tomorrow. She looked splendid so
7clear & bright. A friend of mine told me the third day she felt she
8could have got up & walked about quite fresh, if they would have let
9her. I hope Ursies case will be like that.
11I feel really at the moment much more anxious about you than her. I
12wish you were here, & we could take a 2 d fin buss to unreadable, &
13take a boat & spend the day up the river, having something to eat at
14one of the little tea places at the side & returning in the evening.
15Kew Gardens too, & Hampstead court are only a few minutes on the buss
16from here & so nice & restful. I’d have liked too for us to go down
17one Saturday night to the East End – its one of the world’s sights.
18 After Nauheim my plan is to go to some quiet place & rest & work, as
19London will then be too hot most likely. Could not you come down some
20time this week & perhaps go somewhere
22I am going to see Emma at Wimbledon this afternoon & sometime this
23week will go down to Eastbourne for a few hours.
25Please tell me exactly what they say of Ursie. Give the beloved child
26my dear love. I would have stayed on, Miss Greene I’m sure would
27have given me the use of the bedroom she has in Cambridge but hardly
28ever uses; but I felt it would only worry the dear child to have me
29fussing about. She’ll have so many young friends to see her as soon
30as she’s able to see them.
32I did enjoy that little row up the backs yesterday.
37^This letter is I think for one of Ursie’s friends^
39So glad of the good news of our little woman, this morning, dear.
41Alice tells me you are thinking of going to Nauheim next week & taking
42Ursula with you, but will she be able to travel quite so soon or will
43she follow you?
45I hope you are seeing some old friends & having a restful time.
47I had a note from Adela to-day from Holland. She got there all right.
49I am going to Kew Gardens tomorrow after noon, to see the flowers
50which will be glorious now!
52Invitations to lunch & dinner &c shower in on me; but unless I have
53some one I love to go with me I don’t care for functions. I am only
54going to a lunch with a great suffragette at Wimbledon on Wednesday &
55I think I shall meet Mrs Pankhurst - which will be interesting. I went
56to see Emma yesterday She hasn’t changed one little bit. She & Fanny
57are off to Harrogate on Tuesday – she send love to you, & sympathy
58about Ursula.
60Good bye old man
61Ol letter
63^You don’t know what it means to me knowing you here in England^