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|Letter Reference||Findlay Family A1199/1238
|Archive||William Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
|Letter Date||20 October 1874
|Address From||Colesberg, Northern Cape
|Who To||Catherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 14-15
The manuscript of this letter by Olive Schreiner belongs to the Archive referenced above; its ownership of the original should be acknowledged by referencing the letter as indicated: Copyright transcription: © Olive Schreiner Letters Project. This transcription can be freely used as long as copyright is acknowledged and it is referenced using the following citation: ‘Olive Schreiner to Catherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner, 20 October 1874, William Cullen Library Historical Papers, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the William Cullen Library, University of Johannesburg, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Historical Papers.
October 20th 1874
My dearest Katie,
You have for a long time past owed me two letters, but having for a
7: wonder paid off all my debts in the letter line I shall trouble you
8: with a third hoping that it will bring a speedy reply.
We have been and are very busy nursing the children who one after the
11: other have been ill. The baby is still very bad & it some times seems
12: as if they would never be all well again. I suppose you will have
13: heard all the particulars with regard to dear Theo's lucky find. I am
14: hoping that if they take their diamond to Europe as they sometimes
15: talk of doing I shall have a peep at them as they pass through
I wish I had had the pleasure so being at the Fields when it was found,
19: just to have seen them all so happy. I do hope he will get a good
20: price for it in the end, most of all for poor Papa & Mamma's sake for
21: whom I know he would do so much if he only could.
Give Auntie Olive's love to all the dear little ones. Are you thinking
24: of sending Katie to school son? I should think she was quite old
25: enough, but you would miss her dreadfully if she went.
Have you ever got your likenesses from Cape Town. If you have please
28: don't forget your promise to send me some.
Hoping to hear from you very soon
I am dear Katie
Your very affectionate sister
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.