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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/73
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSaturday March 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, 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 at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 Saturday morning
3 My darling Betty
5 I don’t know why I longed so to see you last night & felt such
6disappointment when you didn’t turn up. I only hope at the last
7moment you resolved to go off with Alice. Though in a way it would be
8nicer if you went separately to May – one enjoys ones friends more
9if you have your friends singly & can devote your whole spare time to
12 Alice just missed the dear ?Roats by two minutes, to my astonishment I
13found them sitting here when I came in from my shopping. I would so
14have liked her to meet them, Just after she came dear ?Waltie came in,
15so I didn’t have any chance of asking all about Eva &c, as she &
16?Waltie went away together.
18 The government are trying to work up this Archangel thing so that they
19may carry conscription. I do hope you are getting enough of the food
20you need to eat. You don’t know how much I love you down in my heart.
22 Olive