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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box5/Fold4/Jan-June1915/1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 4 January 1915
Address FromKensington Palace Mansions, De Vere Gardens, 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. The letter is on printed headed notepaper.
1Telephone: 3675 Kensington.
2Telegrams: Apartment, London.
4Kensington Palace Mansions
5De Vere Gardens, W.
8Dear Will
10They did not give me your letter when I came in, so I went out by my
11little all alone & an oyster & brown bread dinner at Oppenrodes in
12Piccadilly just opposite Scotts. When I got back from the dinner, I
13saw your note in their office, they didn’t give it me even then (&
14said there was nothing for me till I pointed it out!) & I was so sorry
15to have missed you dear. It was a disappointment.
17I went to Hampstead to in the morning & found saw some very cheap
18clean little rooms – the only draw back is that they are a stiff
19climb from where the bus stops & there are no cabs or taxis I shall
20not be so utterly alone there as I am here as my dear friend Dolly
lives only two streets off & I could often go to see her. I
22had lunch with her yesterday. She sent her kind remembrances to you.
23She has memories of a walk with you & Juta & Eleanor Marx along some
24river. She has a most charming & beautiful daughter who writes verse
25very charmingly, & another daughter who is an artist, & her only boy
26has gone as a Doctor to the front.
28I have been allowed by the doctor to go & see Adela for half an hour
29this morning. I am full of joy, to think I shall see her again.
30Nothing really matters on Earth, but love & sympathy – hate is the
31disease which grows as a fungus on life, ^national or personal.^
33Good bye dear I hope you are taking great care about what you eat. I
34find the great thing is to eat anything that is well cooked & good in
35small quantities