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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold3/1914/89
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 December 1914
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London
Address ToVilla Flandre, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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 of this letter is derived from the postmark an attached envelope, which also provides the address this letter was sent to. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions & Hotel,
5De Vere Gardens,
8My dear old sister
10You will miss Dot. Oh I long for you to come Fan, we two old folks
11will pal together, & go about. I simply long to see you. But what of
12our Bill. Oh Fan. I am so anxious about him if he goes to German West.
13My beautiful big Bill; my little boy! You don’t know how I love him.
14H I am trying an electric treatment here that is doing my heart much
15good. Oh if I can get well enough to write a little & earn some money.
16I long so awfully to see Cron, but what is the use of my going out to
17lie there ill a burden to him. If only he could get some kind of work
18& come & live here. The doctors say I shall never be able to stand
19living up high, or stand any heat! Money does mean a lot in life. Good
20bye my darling sister Come as soon as you can when the great cold &
21damp is over, you loving little sister. I’ve only seen Will once for
22three minutes f a few minutes in the last three weeks. He’s very
23busy. But we too ooctjes will go about together.
25My dear love to you
28I saw in the papers Will had a grand dinner given him last week.