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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Rebecca Schreiner
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date10 June 1874
Address FromColesberg, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToRebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall
Other VersionsRive 1987: 13
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. There is a page or pages missing from the end of this letter.
1 Colesburg
2 June 10th 1874
4 My dearest old Moth!
6 Last post brought me your letter & I don't like you to go with out a
7word in answer so I'll just try & write a word or two before school
8time You must not think of sending the 5/- I shall be very angry if
9you do. I inclose 3/- for Mrs Read Elizabeth has not yet sent the
10stamps up but I suppose she will do so soon.
12 I think you will like to have some idea of the way in which I spend my
13days here & it will be very easy to give it you as one day passes
14exactly like another. I get up pretty early, & always find many little
15things in the house to be seen after till breakfast time. As soon as
16that meal is over, & it like all the others is a very hurried one, I
17go into school & we don't come out till one, which is the dinner hour.
18When dinner is over I dress at once & go down with Mr Weakley to the
19shop where I stay till sunset. This is the hard part of my days work &
20I like it less & less every day. By the time we get up to the house
21supper is generally on the table & that being over & the little ones
22put to bed Mrs W & I get to do needle work which we keep on at till
23half past ten. We have no unreadable so here is a great deal to do but
24I manage to get through some in the morning school. Mrs W is generally
25down at the shop all the morning, but as we have two servants I have
26not much to do except see that they keep to their work. Miss Read
27called on me the other day & I like both her & her mother. Mrs ?Scales
28& her daughter send much love to you. I have not seen much of them nor
29of any one else here, as I have no time for going out & I am not sorry
30that I have not.
32 I hope dearest Moth that you will not have a great deal of trouble
33about the new house [page/s missing]
Rive's (1987) version of this letter has been misdated, omits part of the letter, and is also in a number of respects incorrect.