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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 23 November 1920
Address FromMidwood, Palmyra Road, Newlands, 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 has been written on this letter in an unknown hand, while the address it was sent to is provided by an attached envelope with an illegible postmark. The letter is on embossed headed notepaper.
2Palmyra Road,
6My darling Betty
8I am spending a few days with Jessie Rose-Innes. I had a great treat
9today – Mrs ^Bowlas^ came to lunch & we spent all the afternoon
10together talking How fine she is. She spoke with such love of you &
11our Alice.
13She told me of all you did for her years & years ago, when she was in
14trouble about her father, & she showed me the beautiful little bag she
15had with her which you gave her. She is a delightful woman. I hope we
16shall see much more of each other. Tomorrow she is going for a drive
17in the motor car with Lady Innes & me to show me where your little
18house & Alices is.
20Dear little Lucy came here yesterday & we had a chat. I am going back
21to my lodgings on Friday I suppose all the party from England will
22arrive next week.
24Good night
26Wednesday. Lady Innes drove me & Mrs Bowlas out to your little cottage.
27 Oh Betty it went to my heart, all your old pictures & books, even
28your old walking boots & Alices on the top of a box. I seemed to see
29you both. You can hardly know what I felt. Its a sad little place it
30will soon be falling to bits if nothing is done for it: there were big
31cracks in the walls. It seemed like my heart. D We saw the nice old
32woman who lived next door.
34Mas-abala’s trial comes on the 2nd I think the nationalists will win
35at the next
37^election. Cron says your brother Percy asked him Cron to return a book
38he had lent to him. Cron says he has had no such book from him, &
39asked me if I ho
Did Percy not perhaps give you a book to pass on to
40Cron which you forgot to give him?^