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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Mimmie Murray 2001.24/24
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date28 April 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 April 28 '13
4 My dear dear friend
6 How long it seems since I had any kind of a talk with you. I've been
7very ill all this summer at Cape Town. I hoped to get better when I
8came back here; with the beautiful cool weather we are having, but so
9far I am not able to do much.
11 How bad it was of our dear little Andre being so ill. Please write &
12tell me about all of yourselves.
14 I expect I should hardly know Bobbie: he must be quite a big lad. What
15of Kathie's eyes: Have the glasses done their good. Can she read to
16herself now with pleasure?
18 We have had beautiful rains here, & the veld is nearly green, but the
19drought killed many of my flowers, & I am not able to plant & garden
20again. I am just going to keep my old plants alive by watering. But my
21chrysanthemums are splendid. I wonder how dear old Port Lock looks now.
23 Good bye: my dear love to you all
24 Olive