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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/21
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 May 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 May 23rd 1918
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3 Dear dear friend
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5 Fred Luscomb called on me & gave me your letter. I liked him very much.
6 I feel he's so good & sincere. I wrote to him the next day to the
7address he gave me asking him to come & see me whenever he could & I
8wrote to tell Mrs Percy Molteno he was in town. She sent me a letter
9to post to him asking him to visit them. But since then (ten days ago)
10neither I nor Mrs Molteno have heard from him. I can't understand it.
11Perhaps he has moved to another address. I fear he will find it very
12hard to find any thing to do here. There are so many thousands of
13officers slightly injured seeking for work, that it will be very
14difficult. One man told me he had 300 men in his list alone whom he
15couldn't find any work for. What they want here are strong young
16fellows, who after two or three weeks training can go as privates into
17the front trenches in France. Of officers they have many too many. I
18do hope he will write to me & I shall see him again. I wanted us to go
19about together a little, & I wanted to hear so much more of you all.
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21 Isn't it sad about poor young George Murray? He was killed just the
22day 5 weeks after he was married. All the beautiful youth of all
23Europe is dying.
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25 Good bye my darling friend.
26 My dear love to you all
27 Olive Schreiner
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