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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/82
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday March 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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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.
1 9 Porchester Place
2 Edgware Rd
3 Wednesday
5 My old Brother
7 I would have come to see how you were yesterday, but I feared I might
8just be disturbing you.
10 I had a little pot of honey & beaten up yoke of eggs & oil, which I
11had prepared for you, in my bag on Sunday & some medicine I always
12take but I didn’t dare to produce it!!
14 I know how tired one gets of trying things but I am "past master" in
15our sort of troubles.
17 I have been feeling anxious about for a long time, but haven’t liked
18to say anything. Some day you will try my electricity & my "Tucker,"
19but what I want you to do is to take things in time, lest you also
20"come to this place of torment."
22 I know Ol is lying across your heart all the time: so he is across
25 There is a too late in disease just as in politics. If I had had
26electricity & tried Tucker 15 years ago all would have been different.
28 Good bye, dear. I’m always thinking of you. No one who has a strong
29heart can understand the awful depression which a weak heart carries
30with it.
32 How little we can really do for each other in this world.
34 My land ladies little boy is very ill with pneumonia & I am helping
35her to nurse him. It is quite a comfort to feel I can be a little help
36to the dear child. He’s an only child.
38 Good bye. Your small sister
39 Olive