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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold4/1897/14
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 June 1897
Address From61 Chester Square, Westminster, London
Address ToPalace Court, Westminster, London
Who ToBetty Molteno
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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. This letter is by and from Olive Schreiner, with Cronwright-Schreiner acting as her secretary or amanuensis.
1 61 Chester Square
2 S.W.
3 22 June 1897
5 Dear Miss Molteno,
7 Olive sends her love, and asks me to say she would be so glad if you
8could come and see her here tomorrow or Thursday. She has been
9carefully examined by eminent medical men, who tell her that her heart
10is very seriously affected. Perfect rest has been ordered, and a
11return to S. Africa as soon as she is well enough to stand the voyage.
12We shall probably leave for Broadstairs on Friday: beyond that we have
13no quite definite plans. It all seems all too dreadful to be true. If
14we can get her back to the Cape without any further damage (which
15means, mainly, that an attack of asthma must be avoided) she will
16probably get much stronger & may enjoy good health. But, the terrible
19 Love from us both,
20 Yours very sincerely,
21 S.C. Cronwright Schreiner
23 Perhaps you will send a wire as to when you will call.