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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/16
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 October 1913
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToMinnie or Mimmie Murray nee Parkes
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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.
1 De Aar
2 Oct 26th 1913
4 Dear Friend
6 I would love to see you here for a couple of days but I am only afraid
7you will find me so ill & dead-&-alive that it will be no pleasure to
8you. I felt it depressed darling Anna Purcell when she was here though
9she tried not to show it. If you do come & stay at the hotel for a
10couple of days it will be delightful to me.
12 I sail to Europe on the 6th of December, but will have to go down to
13Cape Town about the 20th of November or perhaps before as the heat is
14becoming very great here. I do wish I could have gone to you if only
15for a couple of days to see you all. You don't know how I love you all
16from your husband down to Bobbie. Some days I am better & some days I
17can just lie on my bed with my eyes half shut.
19 I am taking the dear children's karross to England with me & shall
20have it lined with fine dark green cloth & take it all about the
23 My dear love to you all
24 Olive