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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/40
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 17 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 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.
3Darling Betty
5I am so glad Eva is with you.
7Yesterday Lucy came to see me & stayed about three hours. She was
8going to tea in the afternoon to Lady Molteno’s to be introduced to a
9friend of Lady Molteno’s who is going out in the ship with her: Lucy
10had hoped to be invited to her Uncle Barkley’s for the week-end ^& to
11say good bye^ but they didn’t ask her, so she is staying on at Palace
12Court with Miss ?Cowen to look after her & all the servants are there.
13Your brother is down at Parklands but is coming up next week & will
14see her off. Mrs Molteno, I think, is not coming up. I’m glad the
15child is going her stay here has not I’m sure done her any good.
16She’ll be better off at Home. I think seeing so much money & wealth
17makes her feel disattisfied. I’m glad Alice liked her letter. I begged
18her to write to her, I knew Alice would like it.
20Oliver & Edna as still away in Wales.
22I’ve letters from the Cape. Ruth Alexanders mother has had a paraletic
23stroke & she is going off straight to America. When she comes back in
24March she says she will come to England on purpose to spend two weeks
25with me, but I cant look forward so far as March. – day by day is all.
27Lyndall was married two days after they landed. Only Fan & the brother
28& sister & one aunt were there. Dot looked radiantly happy Fan says;
29they had have gone off together to Natal, where they would have
30another week together, then he would go on in his own ship to East
31Africa, & Dot will go back to her mother till he writes that the house
32is ready for her at Talora. The she will go to Dar es Salam & he will
33come to fetch her there.
35The weather here is pretty awful even Mrs Smith said she got faint
38^with the closeness & damp. I’ll write a better letter tomorrow darling.^
42^I was up all last night & my darling Alice was never out of my mind I
43hoped she was sleeping.^
45^You must read Dillons book the Peace Conference. It costs £1.1. but
46you can get it from the times Book Club.^
The book referred to is: Emile Joseph Dillon (1919) The Peace Conference London: Hutchinson & Co.