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Letter ReferenceSchreiner-Hemming Family BC 1080 A1.7/168
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 June 1918
Address From9 Porchester Place, Edgware Road, Westminster, London
Address ToMarsh's Homes, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape
Who ToWynnie Hemming
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives 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 London
2 June 13th 1918
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4 My darling Wynne
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6 Thank you for your letter. How I wish I could see you I don’t often
7see Uncle Will or Aunt Fan only once a fortnight or so. Ursula is in
8France nursing. Dot is living in her little cottage in the country The
9heat here is very great now, but damp & oppressive as it is I think
10its better than the winter with the unbroken fog & dark that choak one.
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12 I hope you are feeling better dear. Take care of your teeth. Don’t
13have them stopped if they are bad rather have them drawn. People are
14finding out now how much ill health & disease comes from stopped teeth.
15 The poison at the root strikes inward & gets into the blood. My life
16here is strangely lonely. I never see any one. Its strange to think
17this is the old London where I had so many friends Of course I am a
18pacifist & opposed to all war & that divides one from every one here
19now.
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21 Give my love to Effie & Arthur & the children. Have they raised
22Arthur’s salary? Is he still at Cartwrights? Food is getting dearer
23& dearer here. It takes every farthing of money one has just to get
24enough food to keep alive. Selfishly, I wish you were here; but for
25their sakes I’m so glad for every one I love who is not here.
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27 I’m glad Elbert’s wife is so nice. What has become of that boy
28Aunt Het was so fond of? Do you ever hear from him. Is he still in
29Rodesia?
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31 Good bye my darling Wynnie. Life’s a stiff fight.
32 Good bye
33 Your small Aunt
34 Olive
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