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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold3/Jan-Feb1920/3
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday 7 January 1920
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
5Mrs Swanwick is dying of cancer. We made a little collection for her.
6Ah, that I could have given more. I thought of sending Margaret her
7book ^on Womans Work^ & asking her if she could not inscribe, but I
8didn’t like to. Margaret must have so many th demands on her. She
9has been such a splendid worker for women.
11It is a dry frosty day & I am going to try & go out a little on a bus.
13Love to my darling Alice
16Take all walks you can. Some day you will have need of all your
19^Mrs Swanwick has such splendid abilities, she could have been a rich
20women if she had spent her life working for herself.^
This letter is written on the back of a typed letter of thanks, signed by Helena Swanwick, for the gift of ?342 to which Schreiner had contributed: 'For your kindness I am grateful and I am deeply honoured by your expressions of warm regard to me' Your generous gift will smooth my personal life'. Schreiner's reference to Swanick's 'little book' is perhaps her pamphlet: Helena Swanwick (1915) Women and War London: Union of Democratic Control.