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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/20
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date24 December 1907
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRobert Franklin ('Bob') Muirhead and Lene 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.
1P.O. Box 24
2De Aar
3Cape Colony
4South Africa
5Dec 24 / 07
7Dear Bob & Lene
9This is just a little line of Xmas & New Year greeting to you & all
10the little generation.
12I hope all goes very well, & especially that the dear tiny baby
13flourishes & grows.
15We are living now at de Aar, a place about 36 miles from Hanover where
16I have lived for the last 7 years. It on the same dry dusty windy
17plains four or five thousand feet above the sea. We are at present
18leading quite “the simple life” as Cron & I are living in one
19little room out on the veld about three quarters of a mile out of the
20Railway camp which is “de Aar”. But we are building on some rooms
21now, & shall have moved into them by April. I think I like the one
22little room best because there’s less work! It may look a simple
23life to live in a little house without a servant, but it isn’t
24simple to the person who does the “chores”.
26I’ve still got my three meerkats & the little dog. I like living
27here much better than in Hanover because the Railway passes here, &
28though I never go anywhere, one can always look at the trains coming
29in, & knows that you could fit in them & go away.
31I’ve got a wonderful new remidy ^for asthma^ from England called Dr
32Tucker’s Cure, that is doing me much much good. If you know of
33anyone who has asthma tell them to try it. His address is Dr Tucker,
34Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London.
35 ^
36The worst is its rather expensive & cost £3.3, but its worth hundreds.
37 This is n’t much of a letter, but I want to know how you are &
38perhaps when you get this one of you will write.
40My love to you both.
43I hope Bobs mother is well
45I’ve given you all my news in this letter. One of you must write &
46give me yours.^