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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold2/Aug-Dec1919/41
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateNovember 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. 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 dear old sister
3Thank you so for your letter to me about Dot’s wedding. It is good
4that our darling child is so happy. I am glad she is coming back to
5you for a little, but I fear it won’t be for long. I am only anxious
6about the climate there for her. All central Africa is damp.
8I get to love Edna more & more. She is an ideal wife for Oliver. She
9tells me you wrote her that Sydney & Ursula are thinking of taking
10Lyndall. I am so glad because they will be near you. Nurse can bring
11baby up to you every day.
13I hope the good food & air & sunshine will make you look stronger,
14dear, soon. You were far, very far from well when you left.
16I am going to see my friend Mrs Hodgson & her tiny new baby tomorrow.
17It’s a girl. She’s in a home close to Sloane Sq. I never like
18going to that part of London now: but it will be a joy to see them.
20She came to see me one afternoon & sat talking with me till unreadable
216.30, & then left – the baby was born that night at 10 o’clock.
22Wasn’t it quick for a first baby? And she’s not young, 31, I
23feared she would have a bad time; & the doctor did too.
25I have just bought a little down quilt for Edna’s baby, little
26flowers on it The dear child looks so sweet – much prettier than
27when she came over, - or have I got to love her more & more?
29I hope you see my dear Anna Purcell sometimes Ruth Alexander told me
30she met you in a train
32Please give me all the news you can about Dot. I suppose Colonel
relations are all in this country.
35Our Ol boy looks wonderfully better: getting to be quite his old self.
37Good bye. Give my love to our boy Bill. Its such a comfort to me to
38think you have him near you.