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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/19
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date22 January 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRobert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead
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The Project is grateful to Mrs Hazel MacFarlane for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter to Bob Muirhead, which is part of the MacFarlane family collection of Muirhead Papers, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library.
2Jan 22nd 1907
4Dear Bob
6I’m often wishing I had news of you all. How goes the world with you &
7the wife & the little sons & daughters? I’ve never heard what your
8last baby’s name was.
10My Husband wasn’t doing very much here, there are so many other
11lawyers here in this tiny village, so he sold his business & went to
12start one at de Aar a railway camp about 36 miles from here. We can’t
13get a house there so till he can build one I am living alone here.
14Just now I havent a servant at all so I & Ollie the dog & the three
15meerkats have the world of this little house & yard ^all to ourselves;^
16& you may picture me going every evening to the village pump for water.
17 I’m trying to write at my book too, a bit.
19Next Saturday, the 26th is Cron’s birthday & he is coming to spend the
20day with me. He is going to have a roast fowl & jam roll, & all the
21things I know he likes for his dinner so I am quite busy getting ready.
22 He says he will try & come over for a day once in three or four weeks
24// I have given you all my news now. Please write & tell me how it
25goes with you all.
27Olive Schreiner
29How is the old mother?
The book which Schreiner comments she is 'trying to write at' is From Man to Man.