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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold1/Jan-July1919/9
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday July 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.
1Tuesday night
3My darling Betty
5You are going through deep waters & I can do nothing to help you, but,
6oh, how I have you in my heart all the time. I hope the doctor sees
7our dear one often, & gives her something to help when the pain is bad.
8 I seem to see her always looking so beautiful as she did on the sofa
9in Eva’s flat. Dear Eva sent me a beautiful pot of real flowers
10today. I had such a craving ^yesterday^ for something beautiful
11something living, that I went yesterday & asked the price of pots of
12flowers at the shop at the corner. But they were too dear, & now I
13have got this lovely pot.
15Dear whatever happens try to get out everyday for a real walk; I know
16how much it means to you. I wonder if you can go a nice walk along the
17cliffs – or if you are too far from the sea. I think I told you Anna
had seen Margaret & thought her so fine & beautiful. I wish
19for your sake Margaret was here.
21Good bye my own beloved friend