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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/36
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date4 November 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToFrances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1Nov 4th 1919
3Dear old Sister
5I was knocked all of a heap by hearing Dot was married. Do, do write &
6tell me a little about him & the wedding & what is going to become of
7Dot. Where are they going to live? From their marrying so suddenly I
8think they must be going off some where. Tell me your plans. Will Bill
9& you go go to Villa Flandre. I wish I was in Africa with you all.
11Did Dot meet him for the first time on board ship. If he’s an
12Australian I can quite understand her falling in love with him, for
13they are most fascinating. Its terrible to have to wait four weeks for news.
15The weather here is worse than I ever knew it in England Snow & fog &
16rain & intense cold. It was snowing in Kent this morning & all France
17is buried in snow they say.
19Are you all at East-cliff? Does Oliver thrive. Tell Ursie she must
20write & tell me about the Colonel.
22It will have been a blow to you to find dear old Purcell had gone. My
23darling Anna will miss him so. I can’t think of Africa with out him.
24It’s all a dream a dream.
26Good bye my dear old sister