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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/23
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSeptember 1920
Address FromSandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
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.
1Sandown Rd
4My darling Betty
6I am spending 5 days with Lucy. They are all so dear & sweet Carol is
7a splendid girl – recalls Margaret in many ways. Lucy (little Lucy)
8looks prettier than ever, & is very sweet. Peter is bursting with life
9& mischief – a darling boy – John has grown so tall her looks
10almost a man but his face has the same expression as when he was small.
11 Dear Lucy the mother looks a little stronger than when I last saw her,
12 & is so sweet to me. She spoke so lovingly of you. The war &c I never
13dis-cuss with her or any one.
15I am so glad dear Mrs Murray was coming to London when you wrote. She
16looked to me very frail – I hope she is stronger. I’ll be so glad
17when they come. I have not yet been able to find a room I am getting
18into despair: I can walk less than in London; I must be absoluted on
19the tram or near a railway station or I shall never be able to leave
20my hou room. I am advertising again in the Argus. You who don’t mind
21the sea & can walk would easily be able to get rooms – so don’t
22let my not being able to find a place stop you from coming out. I am
23going to try the Marien Hotel at the Point tomorrow to see if they
24have rooms. It a terrible place right on the sea, but I must go
27Edna is getting on very well & will be leaving the nursing home in a
28week. It is pouring with rain again to day. We have had only two fine
29days since I landed. The mountains are still capped with snow, but its
30much warmer here than in Plumstead.
32Much love to you dear. Oh I do wish you were here.