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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold3/Jan-Feb1920/34
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 February 1920
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 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.
1My dear old sister
3I managed last Saturday to get to see Edna & the babe. Oh it was too
4beautiful! The babe is lovely – a perfect little beauty with a
5lovely tiny mouth, & the prettiest most delicate shapely little nose I
6ever saw on a new born baby. It has goldeny brown hair – plenty at
7the back, not much in front. But to see Oliver’s joy in it! to see
8him walking about with it & hugging it like an old mother. He has the
9same happy radient look he had when he was a little boy. Oh I wish you
10could see him. Edna looks lovely & sweet & is very well. They are a
11lovely three. I am going to try & go to see them tomorrow. It will be
12a week since I was there, but I have not been very well.
14We have had the most awful fogs I ever knew in my life, its been like
15hell. Today its raining & better as to fog.
17Good bye dear. This is just to tell you about our three