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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1051
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date11 April 1871
Address FromKraai River, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 3-4
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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 My dearest Katie!
2
3 Your truly welcome letter reached me last post enclosing the
4likenesses of. I was so glad to receive them & often take a look at
5them. I shall be so glad when I have the photos of the little ones too.
6
7 I don't know if you will be able to to read this dreadful writing but
8we have no ink & have got to write with tea put in an old ink pot &
9very poor substitute for ink. We have sent for some Lady Grey but the
10boy has not arrived yet & I can't wait for him.
11
12 I was so glad to hear you were all well & I was so pleased with little
13Katie's letter it was so nicely written. How old is she?
14
15 I am now staying for a visit with a great friend of mine Mrs R.
16Nesbett. Mr Nesbet has had to go up with his men to the diamond fields
17on account of the war so I have come here to stay with her for a week
18or two, she is such a dear little woman & has such nice children her
19brother in law Captain Nesbett formerly of the 12th is here to-day & I
20want to have my letters finished for him to take with him tomorrow so
21that all my letters must be short this time. I have been here two
22weeks but when I left Avoca Lily & all the little ones were well, the
23week before I left Hammy Hope was up here. He is such a dear nice
24fellow, a great friend of mine. Poor Emmie is as ill as ever. Tattie's
25baby is, they say a fine boy. All the friends
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27 ^were well when I last heard of them.
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29 I hear Alice has another little son. I do hope he will be spared to
30them. I suppose Hemming is delighted at its being a boy.^
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32 ^YouI must close now dear sister. You must excuse the shortness of this
33letter & the badness of the writing.
34
35 With best love to all,
36 I am
37 Your fond
38 Olive.^
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40 ^PS By the way, I wish you would call me Olive. I like it so much
41better than Emily & it is my first name you know, so I don't see why I
42should not^
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44 ^be called by it.
45
46 Kraai River
47April 11th, 1871^
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.