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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/39
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday November 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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.
1Friday night
3My darling Betty
5I have just had a telephone call from Lucy – she says she has been in
6London since Tuesday & is going down now to Islays for the week end.
7She hopes to sail for Africa on the 21st. She asked me if I didn’t
8think it was a horrid speech of Thomas’s at the meeting. I said, No, I
9thought it very good!! I fancy the dear child is becoming more & more
10Tory – but each of us to his or her taste. She says she’ll try to come
11& see me next week. Yes, Mr & Mrs Molteno have given £30,000 to
14I wish you could hear all Eva has to tell about the condition of
15affairs in Germany. It’s awful what they have gone through in the way
16of starvation. It makes my dry bread & milkless tea stick in my throat.
17 It’s so much more than others have.
19A woman from the Cape tells me there used to be a Major Gregg at the
20Castle at the Cape in the Engineers said to be rather a brainie
22^man. Perhaps that’s Dot’s husband. Give my love to my darling Alice &
23you dear one^