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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Anna Purcell MSC 26/2.9.7
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date20 November 1919
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address To
Who ToAnna Purcell nee Cambier Faure
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 Nov 20th 1919
3 My darling darling Anna
5 Cron has just sent me your two letters to him. Oh if I could be with
6you, dear, that's my one feeling; it's so hard be be so far from you.
8 Yes, how he will always seem to us who knew him a part of the veld &
9of nature. He You know the Grammarian's Funeral is the poem I love
10best in the world. My dear little sister-in-law you will have seen by
11this time. She feels Wills death very terribly. My heart seems to
12cling to her more than any humanbeing in the world now Will has gone,
13& all the people who made my childhood & youth have passed away. Do
14ask Walter to write & tell me all your news, if you don't feel
16^able to^
20 ^The winter here is very terrible.^
Schreiner's reference is to Robert Browning's 'The Grammarian's Funeral' in his (1911) Men and Women Oxford: Clarendon Press.