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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday 28 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.
3Dear Laddie
5It was too good of you to have spent your first day looking about for
6rooms for me. I oughtn’t to have asked – knowing what you are!
8I think I shall leave London on Tuesday afternoon getting to Nauheim
9Wednesday ^but shall let you know^. I would have left this on f Friday
10(tomorrow) but they said the holliday rush would be on.
12As to the room. If you think it will be safe to leave it till I come I
13might as well go to your hotel the first night & look at the rooms the
14next day.
16But, if you think, there is a chance of all the good rooms being taken
17if I wait
would you take a room for me for Wednesday night at the
18Langsdorf, on the first not the ground floor (if possible) & not up
19more than one flight of stairs (if possible) (I can’t do more than
20one flight.) & with some light & air, & not close to a stable If you
21can’t get such a room at the Langsdorf get it at the other place
22close to the baths, Villa ?Wertnichtig. I don’t want to be bound to
23the room longer than need be, so that if it didn’t suit me I could
24change. I suppose they would keep it for me if I took it certainly for
25a few days. If they wont do this & want me to bind for a month,
26perhaps I’d better leave it till I come. A room is a matter of such
27great importance to me, food I can always manage but the room being
28airy & having no close smells &c is every thing.
30I’ve got a wire from you too dear to thank for. It was good to know
31you were safe there but those engins must have tired you. Thanks for
32your advice about keeping away from them.
34I had a nice note from our dear little woman at Cambridge. Elizabeth
35Robins has written to invite me to dine with her on the 15th to meet
36the Sydney Buxtons, who she says are anxious to meet me, but of course
37I’ll be gone.
39I’m over-run with invitations to lunches; dinners & teas but am not
40fit enough to accept any. I am going to try & go to that Norman Angel
41thing this evening; but I may have to wire off at the last minute. I
42do hope when I see you, you’ll already be looking rested.
44Thy little sister
47^Young Stead came to see me yesterday & told me so a most interesting
48thing about the Reported man, remind me to tell you.^