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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1216
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date13 May 1874
Address FromCradock, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 12-13
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Legend
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.
1 Cradock
2 May 13th 1874
3
4 My dearest Katie!
5
6 I don't know when I last heard from you & you have now two letters to
7answer but I know you will not be sorry to have a third.
8
9 I am now on my way to Colesberg & left Hertzog on Friday morning. I
10got to Bedford on Saturday after traveling all night. There I spent a
11day or two with the Solomons who were very kind. I started in the post
12cart for this on Thursday morning & arrived here the same evening. All
13my friends here were so glad to see me that they would not hear of my
14going on the next day so I have made up my mind to stay till Saturday
15& hope to reach Colesberg on Sunday night.
16
17 I am staying here with a Mrs Sidney White & she & every one else is so
18kind to me that I shall be quite sorry to leave.
19
20 Give my love to Katie & tell her I was very glad of her letter which I
21would have answered today but really have no time, as I promised to go
22out & spend the day with a friend, & must be off at once.
23
24 Hoping you are all well & with much warm love to all
25
26 Believe me ever to be
27 Your truly loving sister
28 Olive
29
Notation
Rive's (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.