Mr Anton van Duyl, husband of the painter Therese Schwartze, died July, 1918. The notification Schwartze wrote to her friend Nell Frank in Tenby (UK) took three weeks to arrive, because of WW1. This is the comforting letter Nell wrote back to Schwartze. It is extra sad now we know that Therese Schwartze herself died a few months later.
My darling girl,
I received your letter yesterday, written more than 3 weeks ago. How dreadful it is that we are so far from each other! I was thankful to hear because I was suffering much anxiety about you.