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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/35
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 29 October 1915
Address From2 Campden Hill Square, Kensington, London
Address To
Who ToMay Murray Parker nee Murray
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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.
12 Campden Hill Square, W.
2Friday
3
4My dear May
5
6Thank you so much for your letter. The dining room must look very
7pretty & cosy with the new cushions. I be I’ve been I’ve worse than at
8Llandrindod since I got here. Its warmer & drier than Wales, but I
9think I took cold in the train. Its very foggy here.
10
11I saw Miss Hobhouse yesterday: she wants me so much to go to Bude. She
12may be going back to Rome in six weeks time, but she says if she does
13I can keep her cottage & the servant all the winter. It would be much
14nicer to be here if I could only get well enough to work. I’ll let you
15know when my plans are sure any how I shall be here for another 10 days.
16
17Miss Brackenbury has a dear little new born kitten. Yesterday it fell
18down stairs & the blood was running out of its nose but otherwise it
19didn’t seem hurt. Its a dear little thing but not so intelligent as
20Ollie. Don’t forget to train her with the ribbon & the string. It will
21be fine when she goes out walking on a little chain!
22
23I did have such a happy time with you, dear. I think of your dear
24little house as a sort of heaven of happiness & rest & love.
25
26I’m so glad I saw all the Parkers & that they are all so nice. It
27makes such a difference in married life if one can like & respect all
28each other’s relations. Its always been so sweet to me that my husband
29was so fond of all my people.
30
31I & Miss Brackenbury are going to supper at my brother Wills on Sunday
32night.
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34I had dinner with some friends at the Holborn Restaurant last night &
35enjoyed it as I was a little better. The night before I went to dine
36with the Pethwick-Lawrences. I had hardly got into the omnibus when it
37ran right into a van, & smashed all the back of the van up. If it had
38been the other end the man & horse must have been killed. The darkness
39in the streets is too terrible.
40
41Many friendly greetings to your husband, & a kiss for Ollie & much
42much love to you. You don’t know how beautiful has been to be with you May.
43
44Yours ever
45OS.
46
47Thanks for the flannel band. The dear Brackenburys are so sweet & kind.
48 I’m sure you would like them all.
49