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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 22 April 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToTrevaldwyn, Llandrindod Wells, Wales
Who ToMay Murray Parker
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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.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Edgware Rd
3 Sunday
5 My darling May
7 All my heart is folding you round with love & tenderness. I know how
8you loved him. That beautiful beautiful young life. I wrote to you as
9soon as I heard he was wounded, but I could not post the letter to you
10till I knew Percy had written to you. And now this news has come.
12 Fortunately Betty was with me when the news came & Miss Greene was
13here too.
15 She quite colapsed; we lay her down before the fire on the floor, & I
16put my warm water bottles to her heart & feet & massaged her hands &
17she soon came back all right. She stayed on in bed all the next day;
18to day she seems quite her old self in fact better than she has been
19for some time She has gone to spend the day with them at Palace Court.
20Poor, poor, little Margaret.
22 Oh May, I hate war more & more. I only wish I could get well that I
23might spend my life fighting it. I have written to your mother & to
24Kathleen. I know what it is to be you feel to the little brother you
25grew up with. I wish I could see you May. But please feel my love is
26stretching out to you. You seem so far from all the others, but dear
27Freddie will be more to you than any of us could be. I have a feeling
28that it might be a comfort to Margaret if you came to her for a few
29days, but perhaps it cannot be
31 Good bye.
32 Olive