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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 5 September 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 date of this letter is provided by the postmark and the address it was sent to is on an attached envelope. Schreiner was resident at Llandrindod Wells between late July and late October 1915.
1Sunday
2
3Dear Fan,
4
5Thank-you so for your nice long letter. Will tells me you are doing
6some work at Cavendish Sq which I am glad of as I don’t like you to
7be so much alone these times.
8
9I hope you have good news from all your dear ones at the Cape. Give my
10love to Violet & Frank when you write. Tell Violet I’ve just done up
11the little motor cap she gave me.
12
13It’s hard to have your heart divided between two countries on the
14opposite sides of the world.
15
16Dear May Parker sends greetings to you & Will. She’s the kind of
17girl I should like Bill or Ollie to marry. So sweet & unselfish &
18sympathetic. Her mother-in-law is coming here tomorrow for two days.
19
20I am suffering a good deal of pain in my gums were the teeth were.
21“Oh where & oh where are my very strong teeth gone!” They were so
22strong I could crack the hardest nuts with them! We had rains & bitter
23cold here the whole of last week so I hope tomorrow it will clear up.
24Anyhow it’s much better than heat
25
26I wonder if you & Will have heard anything of Emma. She said she was
27giving up her house at Wimbledon and had not decided where she was
28going to live. I must write to her.
29
30Thanks for telling me my boxes are all right.
31
32Good bye, dear.
33Alles ten besten,
34Olive
35
36I had a letter from the dear faithful Minnie this week (Offie’s
37wife). She says she finds it hard to put her thoughts to study in the
38war time but she’s trying to stick to her law books. I hope you got
39away this week end. One can only keep well in London if one gets away
40sometimes.
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