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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/15
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateOctober 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 month and year have 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.
1My darling May
3Every day I mean to write & thank you for your lovely present – the
4pears were so delicious & the bread & butter & the lovely little lamp
5chops – but I some how never seem able to write now. I am a little
6better again. You really mustn’t send me any more parcels dear. One
7needs every thing you can get for yourselves now I’m as everything
8gets scarcer & scarcer.
10I get a post card from Betty every day. Helen Greene has been very ill
11too you know – Betty has never told me just what is the matter with
12her. They have had a good nurse & Alices married sister Florence is
13there helping & Mrs Edward Greene goes down tomorrow – but the
14nervous strain on darling Betty must be great.
16My nephew & niece have had notice to leave their rooms as she is to
17have a baby in Feb & they won’t have a baby there. They have had
18such work finding a new place – we were in despair but they have one
19at last only it is at the very other of London where I can hardly ever
20go to see them. Life seems to grow more & more lonely as time passes.
22I have very happy letters from Dot.
24I am so sorry to hear from Betty that your mother’s heart is bad; I
25do wish you could have got out to Africa for this winter I can’t
26bear to think of your dear brave husband having to live through
27another long cold winter here.
29Good bye dear. Thank you for all your goodness.
32I have returned both boxes.