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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold3/1917/29
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date16 December 1917
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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.
19 Porchester Place
2Edgware Rd
3Dec 16th 1917
5My dear old Brother
7I hope you won’t think me ungrateful but precious as your gift will
8be to me I valued the few words that went with it more. I will spend
9the money in treatments. I value all money now for the number of
10treatments it will give. It was such a happy Xmas day, but for those
11we loved who weren’t there, & who had our thoughts. I think Alice &
12the little girl were very happy too.
14I’ll bring you when next I come the little introduction to a little
15book I’ve been trying to write during the last three years but shall
16never be well enough to finish – which you can read if you care to.
17I want it printed if I die even if it isn’t finished. Its only a
18very little book, not worth much I dare says, but it means much to me.
19Oh, if I could get well & really work I don’t mind pain & I’m not
20afraid of death. I’m so glad Ursie is so happy with you & the little
21mother. The dear child is developing wonderfully.
23Good bye my old Will.
24Thank you for your letter
25Your little sister
The 'little book' Schreiner was 'trying to write' is her never completed 'The Dawn of Civilization'.