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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold2/1916/8
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 8 March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, 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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand and the address it was sent to is provided by an attached envelope.
3Dear old Sister
5I do hope your cold is better. I am looking forward so to Saturday. If
6only it will be fine. My p If you don’t come by train but prefer the
7bus take No 22 or No 19 to Hyde Park Corner. There change onto No 2
8that will put you down at Golder’s Green just opposite the railway
There are generally taxis there, it’s an 8d ride in a taxi
10but its a very short walk. You go up the big road North End Rd that
11goes up the hill, & the third turning on your right as you come up,
12you will see Park Drive written up big, go up that little street & at
13the end of it where it makes a sudden turn you will find a big house
14with some very big trees beside it & on the gate Alexi. 31 Park on the gate
18 [sketch of Alexi's location]
20Its a funny little street in a curve, the first little bit is called
21Park Drive, & after the turn it’s called The Park.
23The snow here has been wonderful I wish you could have seen it, on the
24lawn & the trees in the Park before my window.
26I hope there’s fresh news of our boy. I so happy here in this peace
27& beauty I don’t even mind being ill – but as Will says I ought to
28touch wood. Such peace & rest can’t go on long! Its all been such a
29Hell since I came back from that happy time on the Continent, except
30the three months I spent with dear May in Wales.
32She writes that the cold & snow there are awful now.
34Love to them all
37Wrap up warm when you come! I send you a little old Omnibus plan, in
38case you haven’t yet gone one. You may find it useful going about.
After Plan Schreiner has drawn the location of Alexi; this can be seen in the jpeg below. The omnibus plan is no longer attached. Image Description