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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/19
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date2 September 1920
Address FromBirzana, Plumstead, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
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 of this letter is derived from the postmark on an attached envelope, which also provides the name of the addressee and the address it was sent to.
1c/o Mrs Scott
5We got here on Monday. We had a terrible storm the last two days &
6nights & the cold was bitter. When we got into the docks at 10.30,
7Will Schreiner & my niece Mrs Earp & her husband & the two dear
8Mushetts & Ruth Alexander were there waiting & Dot Fan & Ednas
9relations came later. I went with the Mushetts & Ruth to lunch at
10Cartwrights. It was nice to taste real bread & real butter & real
11fresh fish again. Then the Mushetts drove me out here in a Taxi.
13Ursies little house is very sweet & the babe lovely, & clever.
15Lord & Lady Buxton sent me a letter to the steamer asking me to dine
16with them the next day as they are leaving, but of course I had to
19Dear Anna, oh looking so sweet but so aged, has been twice to see me &
20many other friends, but I have heard nothing from Lucy, or any of them.
21 Will tell you when I hear. There is a dear little house close to Fans
22empty, but they wont let it: want to sell it for £1000 pounds. No one
23will let rooms or houses they only want to sell but I shall find some
24place. I may have to go to an Hotel. Food is cheaper & splendid in
25quality here than in England, but clothes &c are fabulous. I wore your
26little green shawl the whole way out It was such a comfort, my darling
28Ill write again next week