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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/30
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 10 October 1915
Address FromLlandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To
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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1Llandrindod Wells
2Sunday
3
4Dear Fan
5
6Thank you so much for your letter. I am longing for further news of
7the boy. I do not feel quite happy about his being kept in France. At
8first I was so relieved to hear he was safely wounded that I hardly
9felt anything else. But I shall be very thankful when I hear he is on
10his way to England.
11
12Our cousin Dr Charles Whitby writes me that their hospital in Bath is
13full of wounded sent over from the battles in France since the
14beginning of this month, & Miss Sephton writes me the same from Exeter
15so if his wound is “slight” why don’t they send him? Do send me
16news as soon as you have any. I
17
18I am so sorry to see in yesterdays paper that that that dear fellow
19Murial’s brother is really dead. What is so distressing is that he
20died of wounds. I hope they will hear he was where he could be
21properly cared for. Thats what makes one anxious about Bill. If they
22get ill, are there means of taking proper care of them? At least we
23know Oliver has that.
24
25Charles Whitby has lost two of his sons in the war, & the last one a
26delicate sensitive boy is just being sent to the front. I am sorry to
27hear about Rex Lewis. How bursting with the joy of life he seemed when
28I met him in your rooms! I see a P.M. Lewis wounded in yesterdays
29paper? It surely isn’t Plum?
30
31Strange neither Oliver’s name nor Rex’s have yet appeared in the
32lists. It makes one realize the numbers who are falling of whom we
33hear nothing. A friend of mine writes me that a military man tells him
34they are sending from 2000 to 3000 out to France daily to “fill up
35the wastage”.
36
37Paul Methuen has been home for a short visit, & has gone to the front
38again.
39
40Good bye dear old sister. May you soon have your boy back with you
41Olive
42