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|Letter Reference||Olive Schreiner BC16/Box4/Fold1/1908/61
|Archive||University of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
|Letter Date||17 October 1908
|Address From||De Aar, Northern Cape
|Who To||Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz
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 Frances (‘Fan’) Schreiner nee Reitz, 17 October 1908, UCT Manuscripts & Archives, Olive Schreiner Letters Project transcription’. Please also supply letter line numbers for specific quotations.
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.
Oct 17th 1908
My dear old sister
I’ve not forgotten that the 20th will be your birthday. Many happy
7: returns of it you will know we are thinking of you & wishing you good
8: luck that day.
The heat here is very oppressive, the only refuge is to undress & lie
11: down with nothing on stretched out on the oilcloth on the floor of the
12: study. I get my head under the table, which seems cooler than other
13: places! I am glad Will is going for the trial to Grey Town as they say
14: it is cooler than Maritzberg. The heat would have been very trying for
15: him there with all that work. We have not had any rain here yet, only
16: one sixteenth of an inch in the last 5 months. The papers tell an
17: absolute lie when they say it has rained here. It’s rained at
18: Vryberg & at Kimberley & Pretoria; so we hope it may come here one day!
Thank you so much dear for asking me to come to you; but I will hold
21: out here while I can; they say the will can do anything; but there
22: comes a time when even it can’t.
// I got a nice farewell letter from Emily Hobhouse. I think she is
25: going to take up suffrage work in England.
Good bye dear. I wish you could go with the old man to Natal, but I
28: quite see you must stay for the young ones.
Many, many, happy returns.