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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.15
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
|Letter Date||12 September 1879
|Address From||Lily Kloof, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
|Who To||Catherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 24
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, 12 September 1879, NLSA Cape Town, Special Collections, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections.
1: Lily Kloof
2: Sep. 12 / 79.
4: My dear Katie
6: I was very glad to get your letter & have sent Mama’s on to her. I
7: am only sorry that the letter did not contain a likeness of yourself.
8: Have you not got an old one of yourself that you could spare for me. I
9: have not got any likenesses of you, at all.
11: I am glad to hear you are all well & getting on pleasurably.
13: I like my new situation very much. I have two nice girls to teach & so
14: far have found the place suit my health very well. The farm lies high
15: up among the mountains & is about five hours from Cradock. There is a
16: large poplar bush like that on your farm.
18: I suppose Alice has already left for England.
20: I hope my chest will get quite strong that I too may go, some day.
22: Give my love to Katie & all the children. I suppose Maggie & Emma are
23: growing quite big girls! I hope you will not leave me very long
24: without news of yourselves. I am always very glad to hear from you, &,
25: though this note is short, write very soon dear Katie to
27: Your loving sister
28: Olive Schreiner
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.