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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/29
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: Tuesday July 1915 ; Before End: October 1915
Address FromLlandrindod Wells, Wales
Address To64 Great George Street, Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Who ToRobert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead
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The Project is grateful to Mrs Hazel MacFarlane for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Bob Muirhead, which is part of the MacFarlane family collection of Muirhead Papers, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library. Schreiner stayed in Llandrindodd Wells from July to October 1915. The address the letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope, which the postmark has been torn away from.
1c/o Dr Parker
2Llandrindod Wells
3Wales
4Tuesday
5
6Dear Bob,
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8I’m sorry that so far the invention has not come off. I’ve got
9lots of inventions in my head I’ll tell you about them when I come.
10Most of them however are medical & domestic appliances - & then one
11must have money to advertise!
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13I’d rather come next month when Lene & the children are in Glasgow,
14& I’m getting so much better here every hour that I don’t need to
15move. If I came it will likely be ?about the second week in September.
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17Does it rain all the time in Scotland as it does here. Now for two
18days & nights it has poured without ever leaving off. It’s a little
19bit depressing in war time when ones thoughts are not of the most
20merry, but I must be thankful that I’m so much better.
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22Do you know a man called Ritchie in Glasgow? His mother used to be a
23great friend of mine. His father father was Professor D.S. Ritchie of
24Oxford & later of Scotland?
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26Did I letter tell you in my last that my nephew Oliver had gone to the
27front in France. He is a Lieutenant in the 6th Northamptonshires.
28He’s been there ten days now. He has been like my own son to me
29since he was born; so tender & loving. My two favourite nieces, his
30sisters, my brother Will’s children are nursing in a hospital in the
31south of France. One is a medical student half through her course, &
32the other has passed her L.L.B.
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34Good bye. Love to you all.
35Olive
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