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Letter ReferenceFindlay Family A1199/1088
ArchiveWilliam Cullen Library, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 February 1873
Address FromNew Rush, later Kimberley, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 8
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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 New Rush,
2 Feb. 7th 1873
3
4 My dearest Katie
5
6 I was so glad when yesterday's post brought me your long looked for
7letter, many thanks for it. It was so long since I heard from you last
8that I was quite anxious lest one of you little ones should be ill, &
9that, the cause of your not writing.
10
11 We are all well Theo & Ettie are quite them selves once more after
12their change to the river & I am getting stronger than I have been for
13a long time past though I am still weak.
14
15 We are not finding many diamonds, only just enough to pay our way with
16but Theo still seems to like the life here & will not go back to the
17Colony. We have a splendid photographer here & when Theo has his photo
18taken which he is going to do in a day or two I will not forget to
19send you one. I have never seen better likenesses even from England
20than those that Howard takes here.
21
22 I wish if you have it, you would send me a photo of your 3 youngest as
23I have never seen any of them yet & if you have not had them taken
24please do so, as soon as you can.
25
26 Do you ever think of coming to pay the fields a visit? I fancy if you
27come in the passenger waggons it only takes three days from this to
28Beaufort West. I should so like to see you all even if only for a few
29days but I suppose you don't care much for travel with so many little
30ones.
31
32 I must close now dear Katie, as it will soon be time
33
34^to post the letters.
35
36 Do write soon to
37 Your ever loving sister
38 Olive Schreiner^
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Notation
Rive?s (1987) version of this letter is in a number of respects incorrect.