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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box6/Fold4/1918/27
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday September 1918
Address FromParklands, Shere, Guildford, Surrey
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. The month and year of this letter have been written on in an unknown hand. It is on printed headed notepaper.
3nr Guildford.
6My dear old Brother
8Thank you so much for your letter. Also for sending the brandy. I was
9so sorry to trouble you, but for four months the doctors have been
10ordering me to take some & I couldnt get any anywhere. They say they
11sell but to old customers. It has largely stopped the incessant
12vomiting which has weakened me so, & decreases the angina. I take a
13desert-spoon ful with each meal.
15It is very nice here. Mrs Molteno has been kind beyond words. I have
16my breakfast in bed, & don’t get up till 12 o clock. The air is so
17lovely & pure after that choaking London filth, but I still get angina
18as soon as I walk.
20Do keep a fire in your office, & keep yourself warm. A person with a
21weak circulation cannot resist cold; it means death to sit for hours
22in a chilly place. I often think of what Ettie said to me the last
23time but one I went to see her. – “If I had known it should have come
24to this, I would have taken more care of myself. I always thought I
25would drop suddenly.” But we can’t be sure of dropping. I am so
26anxious about this winter for you.
28Send me news of Ollie if you get any. I shall be staying here till the
29end of this week. The Moltenos go up tomorrow but I am staying with
30their nice lady Housekeeper. Its so kind of them to have me.
32Good bye dear
35I wish the Holenzollerns & all the Jonkers would clear out! They’ll have
37^to at last they might as well do it at first. It’s a strange world –
38it is will be much stranger this time next year.^