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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold1/Jan-July1919/16
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 24 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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
3Dear May
5Thank you deeply for your letter. Always let me know exactly how my
6brother is. Please let me know if you could get a pretty cheap room
7for me near you. Could I have the one Miss Brackenbury had? But it
8must not be very hot. I don’t mind the second floor I could sit down
9on the stairs.
11I have long known how serious Will’s condition was. I wrote a year
12ago to Dot & told her how very ill he was. Only a heart person knows
13what the agony is. If I A come don’t let Will think I’m coming
14because I think he’s bad. Say I want a little change for myself; I
15could go to one of the hotels, but walking is difficult for me, I’d
16like to be near. I shall of course say nothing to Ursula.
18Dear drop me a line. Why I dwell so on the drives is because how
19strangely driving has helped my mother, my sister Ettie, my sister
20Alice & my self for the same trouble. It’s marvellous. My sister
21Ettie would seem dying & when we drove her out her colour whould would
22come back, & she’d rest & eat a little. My brother Fred found the
23same help from driving. When possible f take him up to the top of the
24gold course: take some brandy & leaf tea with you. Let him sit in the
25motor a little & look about.
27Good bye darling. My love to you both
30^(I will write to Mrs Schreiner this evening when I have seen Ursula.)^