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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/71
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateThursday February 1917
Address From19 Adam Street, Portman Square, Westminster, London
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. Schreiner was resident in Adam Street from late December 1916 to late March 1917.
1 Thursday
3 Darling Betty I have been hoping against hope you would turn up this
4evening, but now it’s 11.30. so there’s no hope. I would have
5tried to come & have a look at you at midday today as the weather was
6so fine, but I did not know if I would find you there. I went down to
7Victoria this evening. No trains hardly running there. I hope you
8didn’t feel those awful cold days too much & F managed to keep warm.
9I think Monday ^Wednesday^ was the worst day I ever knew.
11 Your little clock stopped on Wednesday morning, you cannot have wound
12^it^ up quite enough.
14 Have you been able to get a ticket for Saturday? I wrote for three
15tickets in case Alice came & you had not been able to get one. But
16they wrote back they could give me no more tickets at Dr Ettie Sayer
17had already written & got my ticket. She writes me that she couldn’t
18get a ticket for herself, so she wrote again last Saturday using my
19name, & asked for two tickets (thinking they would give it for me) &
20they sent her two. One of which she has sent me; it is only for the
21gallery & I asked for one near the platform. I have written to ask the
22?Schutzes if they will drive me in their motor till where I can get a
23bus: I don’t know yet if they can. If you come unreadable
25 I’ve never wanted so to go to a meeting. This is a real thing, not
26just talk.
28 I got a very interesting letter from Cron today. He sees things all
29clearly now. I do hope my darling this awful cold hasn’t made you
32 Olive