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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/22
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date3 December 1917
Address Fromc/o Standard Bank, 10 Clements Lane, Lombard Street, London
Address To
Who ToAndre Murray
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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 c/o Standard Bank
2 10 Clements Lane
3 Lombard St
4 London ?E
6 Dec 3rd 1917
8 Darling Andre
10 As happy a Xmas to you all as is possible to you with all the memories
11of the beautiful presence which is with you no more. The other day a
12man gave me an account of the noble way in which he died. It is so
13beautiful to me that he died trying to save life. It was so like him.
14When I think of Africa what my heart hungers most to see, after my
15darling Husband, is your beloved little circle. Did I tell you that I
16heard a story that you were engaged & very soon to be married? They
17said you would be living on the farm next to your mother's, & I felt
18so glad if it was true, that you would not be far from her. Tell your
19mother if ever you children & she have your likenesses taken she must
20send me one. I suspect I should barely know Bob & Kathie.
22 Good bye, dear. Yours with endless loving thoughts
23 Olive Schreiner