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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold1/July-Dec1915/43
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 2 December 1915
Address From30 St Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, London
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 has been derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address the letter was sent to.
130 St Mary Abbotts Terrace
5Wednesday night
7Dear Fan
9Thanks for your letter & its good news, that the children may all be
10home at Xmas. It will be a merry Xmas for you & the old Man.
12I became so ill at Bude I could n’t stay there. We had dense hot sea
13fog for ten days when you were having all that nice frost here! I’ve
14not been so ill since I left de Aar. As soon as I got as far as
15Devonshire to-day I began to breathe & to begin – getting better
16Alice Corthorn kindly offered to let me have her top room that Ursie
17used to have, & I have my meals sent me “in a box”! So I came here
18today till I can get other quarters.
20This is a very nice airy room. Alice is looking very ill & has a bad
21sore throat & the baby has a cold.
23I hope the old man has got over his. England is no joke in winter!!
24But there’s no place like London in winter. It’s the only place
25where I can breathe at all, in winter in England.
27I hope you have good news from all the folk at the Cape.
29Love to the old man.