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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.9
|Archive||National Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
|Letter Date||27 January 1877
|Address From||Ratel Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
|Who To||Catherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
|Other Versions||Rive 1987: 20-1
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, 27 January 1877, 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. After the paragraph ending 'before I can see her again', a portion of this letter has been torn away.
1: Rattel Hoek
2: Jan. 27th 1877.
4: My dear Katie!
6: I have to thank you for a letter, & to tell you of my safe return from
7: my wanderings.
9: I enjoyed my stay with dear Mamma. She is far from strong but looking
10: better than I had hoped to find her.
12: She has some kind friends there, but is sadly alone & I can see no way
13: in which we can manage to be together. I suppose I must wait patiently
14: till June before I can see her again. [paper torn away]
16: Love to all the little ones.
18: I met at Mr. Fletcher in Queenstown who says that he knows John & all
19: the Findlays very well. Does John still remember him?
21: We are having splendid rains here & have more fruit than we know what
22: to do with. I suppose you have plenty also at your farm. Do you often
23: get into Fraserburg? Have you many visitors.
25: Write soon & give me all your news dear Katie.
27: Ever your loving sister
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.