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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box7/Fold4/Mar-Dec1920/47
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date9 December 1920
Address FromOak Hall, Wynburg, Cape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
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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 by an unknown hand. Schreiner was resident at Oak Hall, Wynburg, from late October 1920 to her death in December 1920.
1My dear, dear, dear Mary
3I’ve not been able to write to any one lately or I would have
4written to you. When is the small operation coming off which I hope is
5to end your eye sorrow & make you able to read. Dear beloved one I’m
6so grateful to Mrs Ramsbottom & anyone who takes care of you. Oh how I
7would like to be able to. You have done so much for others should be
8walled round with love & care now you need it so.
10Yesterday Effie & Wynnie came to see me. It was a long long time since
11I had seen anyone of my family. It was a great joy. Effie’s children
12have been very ill. Fan I think is staying with Ursula now, but will
13be going to her house at the sea side on the 16th.
15Lyndall I told you is not coming down from Central Africa till next
16year. Oliver & his wife are settled down in Johannesburg, but I have
17not heard from them for long. I hope so I shall see Julie when she
18comes down. It will be good to see her again.
20Good bye dear dear friend.
23I met Ruth Alexander for a few moments the other day. She is I think
24very busy in her husbands election work Margaretta Purcell is still
25very ill with typhoid fever: & Joey Smuts is still in the hospital, so
26dear Anna has much on her. Cron writes
28^such happy letters from England. He is soon going off to Italy.^
30^Love to JB.^
32If only some one would offer to drive me to see you!
This is one of the very last letters that Olive Schreiner wrote; she died in the early hours of 11 December 1920.