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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/3712
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 December 1897
Address FromThe Homestead, Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToHudson Findlay
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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 The Homestead
2 Dec 30 / 97
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4 Dear Hudson
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6 Thank you for your very kind letter. The picture of the house has not
7come with it but no doubt it will arrive tomorrow. I only told Alice
8what I did, because I wanted her to understand why I had felt your old
9father writing to me as he did. Family life & relationships would be
10so much more beautiful if we could only give each other room, &
11realize that the fact that another person is related to you gives you
12no right to determine what they shall feel, believe, think or do!! My
13dear little mother is very old, & if other folk put it in her head
14that she is not being consulted as she ought to be by her children &
15grandchild, she fancies it a grievance. She will soon take another
16view of the matter, however; & I find it best always just to say
17nothing.
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19 The photo of the house has just come. Thank you very much for it. I
20hope some day Cron & I will have the delight of spending a few days
21under its roof with you all.
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23 Your small aunt
24 Olive
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