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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 19 May 1914
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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Legend
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. The final insertion is on an attached envelope.
1 Tuesday night
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3 Dear Laddie
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5 Please give the enclosed to our little woman if she is allowed to get
6letters.
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8 I hear Mrs Fred Wiener is dead. I don’t know if you knew her; I
9liked her much. She was a sister of Gracie Jordans.
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11 Alice & the baby are flourishing. I am going to see the great
12suffragette procession on Thursday afternoon if I’m fit enough. One
13of the leading suffragettes is going to tell me which points to go to
14– their movements are still being kept secret from the police as far
15as possible! I believe Mrs Pankhurst is to be arrested as soon as she
16places herself at the head of the procession, & her body guard will
17make a great fight. If you were here we might go together.
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19Good bye dear. Its fine the little lass does so well.
20Olive
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22^Deeply sorry tore open before looking at address when girl brought it
23up to my bedroom saw at first words it was not mine. Come on Thursday
24with me to see big procession to the King Mrs Pankhurst & many others
25will be arrested^
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