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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/69
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateOctober 1917
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. The month and year have been written on this postscript to a letter in an unknown hand. The rest of the letter is missing. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa. The name of the addressee is provided by content.
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3 PS I ought to have remembered the date of your birthday because it was
4in October 1899 sooner after we got to Cape Town, when we couldn’t get
5through to the Transvaal & you gave us such a dear warm welcome when
6we turned up pennyless wanderers at Lyndall. Your kindness to me then
7is one of the things I can never forget, & I seem never able to do
8anything for you in return to show how much I felt it.
10 Miss Brackenbury writes it is much warmer & drier in London than here.
12 We seem to be breathing water, the air is so thick.