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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold1/Jan-July1919/11
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 6 June 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToMay Murray Parker nee Murray
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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.
39 Porchester Place
4Edgware Rd
7My darling May,
9My brothers heart has been very bad. He must have a rest or die the
10Doctors say. I have wanted him so much to come to you & Freddie
11because of your beautiful food (Alice Greene says it is splendid!) &
12because I know you & dear Freddy will do all you can for him. But now
13I am getting a little afraid that perhaps it when he gets a little
14better he may find it too lonely for him – as he can’t walk up
15hill at all. Could you always arrange for a trap to take him up to
16the golf course or the lake? You see I feel that I am responsible for
17him as he is going on my recommendation. When he has had the first
18weeks rest he may feel a little lonely & perhaps later on the Pump
19Hotel would be better for him. I know dear Freddie will advise him for
20the best. Please see, if he comes that he gets drives, if you could go
21with him sometimes it would be so nice.
23Don’t mention to him that I have written about him. He is so
24sensitive about people interfering in his matters. But his wife & I
25must do it now he is so ill. I believe he needs good nourishing food
26more than anything, his heart is so weak.
28If dear Miss Brackenbury is still there give her my best love I saw
29her pictures of George & thought them so good. I do hope she will
30still be at Llandrindod when he is there. He likes her & seeing her
31sometimes would cheer him up.
33What troubles me is that walk up to the Lake he couldn’t do it & he
34wouldn’t go in a bath-chair. Do you think it would be possible to
35arrange for a taxi or little horse trap for him to take him up every
36day to the top of the golf course or to the lake. I know you won’t
37mind my troubling you with this letter He is so fond of playing a game
38of bridge or other cards in the evening. Could he belong to any mans
39club there where he could sometimes go & have a game. I know so well
40by my own experience that getting depressed & thinking by yourself too
41much is worse for your heart almost than walking. Dear, I know
42you’ll forgive my troubling you with this long letter.
44My dear love to you