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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold3/ToBe/1
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateWednesday March 1916
Address FromAlexi, 31 The Park, Hampstead, 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. Schreiner was resident at The Park from late February to the end of May 1916.
1 Wednesday
3 My dear old Will
5 I did not see the letter in the times but feel very much cut up about
6it. You have been so splendid in all you have tried to do for the
7young South Africans, & I’ve had so many letters from the Cape
8saying how much people there appreciate it. My friend Mrs Haldane
wrote twice saying how the young men from that part wrote of
10your kindness to them. People are all like bears with sore heads now!
11How can you help it that there are not more ships. The irritating &
12dis-content of ^all^ the world now is something astonishing. The bus
13conductor in the bus today was so insolent to several people (not to
14me) that some of us stared into each other’s eyes, as much as to say,
15 "Isn’t this astonishing?"
17 Good bye There’s a great deal of love & tenderness in life, but it
18is often not shown by the people from whom one would have expected it,
19but by others.
21 Your old sister
22 Olive
24 ^On my birthday my landlady came & put a sweet little bunch of flowers
25in my room, & her little boy brought me a pot of flowers. Wasn’t it
26dear of them.^
A letter in The Times which Will Schreiner might have 'cut up' about has not been traced. However, there was a report of a speech given by Hughes, the Prime Minister of Australia, who sugested that the other colonies might feel annoyed that Australia was to have a representative at a conference in Paris concerning trade policy and they were not, and this might fit the bill. See The Times 16 March 1916 (p.9).