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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.14
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateSunday 2 May 1920
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToSt James, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToRuth Alexander nee Schechter
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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. The address this letter was sent to is provided by an attached envelope. Schreiner was resident at Porchester Place from early April 1917 until August 1920, when she left Britain for South Africa.
1 Sunday
2 May 2nd 1920
4 My darling Ruth thanks you for your wire. I wanted so to send you one,
5but I was not able to go out, & had no one to send. I do hope you have
6had a nice companion in your cabin & that you will enjoy your ?dear
7sea. You don't know what your visit was to me Ruth, & you gave up so
8much time to me that you could have spent in other more enjoyable ways
9in your short stay here. I seem always looking for you to come back!
10The lilacs you brought the last day are as lovely & fresh as if they
11had just been picked.
13 When you have time, dear, (at first you will have much too ma^n^y things
14to think of) do go & see Ursie - I think you will like her & she you
15when you really get to know each other.
17 Remember me to your husband.
19 The rain is still pouring here; & yesterday - May day - there was a
20heavy fall of snow in the Midlands!
22 ^Oh if I could expect to see your dear face coming in at the door.^
24 Olive