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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/12
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 August 1915
Address FromTrevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To59 Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge, London
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 address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
1c/o Dr Parker
2Llandrindod Wells
4Aug 13th 1915.
6Dear Fan
8I had a note from Oliver last week. There does not, from the papers
9seem to be any very extreme fighting on the Western Front as yet.
11I am so thankful he is not in the Dardanelles. Dr Parker’s brother
12was here a few days ago. He went down in the Goliath at the
13Dardanelles; came slowly up from the depths & then was for hours
14swimming in the water in the pitch dark. Two ships passed him without
15hearing his calls & then at last a cruiser picked him up. He has been
16home for three months, but his nervous system seems quite broken by
17the horror & strain. Yet he is going again soon. Ol tells me Muriel is
18perhaps going to Cannes too. I think she will like it.
20I am getting much stronger but find my mouth troubles me a great deal.
22Did you see in the paper that Barkley Molteno was to be married
23shortly to a Mrs Swanson. She has been twice married & was separated
24from her second husband so Barkley will be her third. She has two boys
25the elder of whom is in the navy.
27I hope you are not having quite such continual rain in London as we
28are here. It pours day & night. We have only had three half days fine
29since I came; as a rule it rains all day. If only we could send some
30to poor old De Aar where Cron says there is a great drought on now.
32It is a comfort that the two girls are together. I hope you have good
33news from the Cape.
35Much love to you & my old brother from
38May & her husband seem so happy in their little home. I am most
39comfortable here. I think it is the good clean food as well as the air
40that is doing me so much good after that terrible place at Kensington.