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Letter ReferenceSteyn Papers: Emily Hobhouse (Olive Schreiner) 156/3/12/1
ArchiveFree State Archives Repository, Bloemfontein
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date7 July 1903
Address FromUitkyk, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToEmily Hobhouse
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The Project is grateful to the Free State Archives Repository for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of their collections. This letter exists in the form of a handwritten copy made by Emily Hobhouse; the original cannot be traced. Either this letter or that dated 29 September 1903 is misdated, as content indicates that Hobhouse's visit to Schreiner, referred to in this letter, had not taken place when the other letter was written.
1 From Olive Schreiner
4P.O. Uitkyk
5July 7, 1903
7Dear Miss Hobhouse,
9I have been waiting to write to you till I could tell you the
10washing-machine was safely bought and enclose a note of thanks from
11Mrs N.- herself.
13But matters are not quite arranged yet as the other woman won't sell
14us her machine, and we have to order one from England as the kind Mrs
15N.- has set her heart upon is not to be got here.
17It was a great pleasure to me to meet you: not only as one who has
18done so much for our women, but in yourself even more. It seemed like
19a bit of my old past coming back to me. I hope that it has not tired
20you very much to travel about. I never forget how pale you got
21suddenly that evening as you were sitting by the window; but I know
22you will have met with loving friends everywhere. I hope I will see
23you again some time.
25Yours ever,
26Olive Schreiner