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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/7
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 April 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. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 April 10th 1920
3 Dear old Sister
5 Mist & rain & rain, & rain & mist! Nothing else. I never knew such an
6April; it’s like November & there’s something oppressive in the
9 Ruth Alexander is in London & has been to see me many times. It has
10been good to see her. She says she will try & find a place for me
11somewhere in Africa. Cron seems to think it is foolish for me to want
12to go to Africa, but he doesn’t know how lonely I am here. I know it
13will be hard for me to find rooms, & now they say Cape Town is so full
14people can’t easily get houses & still less rooms. I have not been
15able to get to see Edna this week, but the rain must leave off soon. I
16long to see the little large eyed babe.
18 In Cron’s last letter to me he said he had had a most delightful
19week with Ursula & was going to spend a few days with you.
21 I went out today in the rain & had my dinner of a Buck-rabbit & a cup
22of coffee at that A.B.C. at Marble Arch where you & I met. I did think
23of you when I sat there alone. Ursie’s boy must be splendid from
24what Cron tells me.
26 I saw Alice Corthorn about two weeks ago: she looks very ill.
28 Give my love to dear old Kitty if she is still with you I hope she is
29much better. Bessie Findlay writes me that George is engaged to a Miss
30Joan Rose-Innes – I suppose a relation of Sir James. Mary Sauer
31wrote me that Paul also was engaged.
33 Good bye my dear old sister. I’m too stupid to write a nice letter
34but I send my love to you.
35 Olive
37 Send me the latest news you have of Dot. I got such a nice letter from