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Letter ReferenceMacFarlane-Muirhead/3
ArchiveMacFarlane Collection
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: December 1889 ; Before End: March 1890
Address FromMount Vernon, Gardens, Cape Town, Western 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. Schreiner stayed in the Mount Vernon house owned by her brother Will and his wife Fan between early December 1889 and late March 1890.
1My dear Bob,
3Thankyou for your letter.
5I knew it would all be like that!! as the old women say, shaking their
6fingers. You’ll have to come out here, there’s nothing left for it.
8I’m so well & sunned through & through. The people here call me
9“salamander” because I go out in the sun in the middle of the
10hottest days when they dare not. You see my blood’s been frozen in
11your north & I’m getting it thawed.
13A photographer here has written to ask me to have my likeness taken, &
14I’ll send you one soon. There are no rivers here for us to row on
15down here, but we’ll ride together, & if we are up at the Vaal
16we’ll row.
18Your little old sister
21Mount Vernon
22M Cape Town
23South Africa