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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.27
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date After Start: September 1920 ; Before End: December 1920
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address ToHillbrow, St 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 postcard, which is part of its Special Collections. The postmark on this postcard is unreadable and the date range has been written on in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee and the address it was sent to are on its front. Schreiner stayed with her niece Ursula Scott, her sister-in-law Fan Schreiner, and her friend Lucy Molteno, in Cape Town after her arrival from Britain on 30 August 1920, moving to a boarding-house in Wynberg in late October, where she was resident until her death on 11 December 1920.
1 Dear
3 I am so sorry you had to wait yesterday, my heart aches about it I
4thought I should be back before you came.
6 I was suffocating so yesterday. I'm afraid I seemed very stupid. I was
7almost insensible with the heat in the evening & got in the train at 9
8o'clock & went into Town & got back at 11 to get breath. I am going to
9Lady Innes' on Saturday. I will get her to drive me out to see you. I
10suppose you are in Town today like all the world. I am going in this
11afternoon to try & get a book & unreadable & come straight out again
13 Good bye dear
14 Olive
16 ^Thank you so much for the pawpaws.^