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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/48
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 October 1916
Address FromDawson Place Mansions, Pembridge Square, 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 is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner was resident at Dawson Place Mansions from early October to the end of December 1916.
1My dear old sister
3Friday will be your birthday. Many happier returns of it, with all
4your children & your friends about ^you^. You will have Ol, that is one
5mercy. But it will be different from your birthdays in old Africa. I
6think it’s wonderful, the way you have born leaving so much that was
7dear to you & transplanting to this new world. I guess old Bill will
8be thinking of you tomorrow.
10I never forget that birth day of yours in Cape Town, when Cron & I had
11just turned up weary homeless wanderers, when the British would not
12allow us to return to the Transvaal, & we had to come to Cape Town,
13how you welcomed us, & made us feel we were no burden. We got there
14the day before your birth-day.
16I went to see Alice Corthorn this afternoon. She is out of bed &
17sitting up, but she still has the nurse; & on Friday her sister Mrs
18Reid comes to stay with her to give her a good rest.
20Good bye dear.
21“Alles ten besten”