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Letter ReferenceJohn X. Merriman MSC 15/1912:209
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 1912
Address FromAlexandra Hotel, Muizenberg, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToJohn X. Merriman
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The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. This letter is written on printed headed notepaper with a drawing of the hotel.
1 Alexandra Hotel
2 Muizenberg
3 Tuesday 1912
5 Dear Mr Merriman
7 I wonder if you will think I am taking a great liberty if you ask you
8if ever you think you think you will be making a speech in the house
9on any interest point, you could perhaps drop me a line to let me know
10so that I may come in. The heat of Cape Town unfits me very much, &
11the say the new speakers gallery is unspeakably close. So I dont wish
12ever to come in on the chance of hearing nothing, but Mr Haggar or
13some equally absorbing speaker. Of course one doesn't always know when
14one will speak. I hope you won't think I'm too troublesome.
16 I wish you & Mrs Merriman were here instead of at Mount Nelson. The
17air here is glorious. I've not felt so well for some years as during
18the last four days I shall probably stay here till the end of March.
20 I wonder if you have read that "House of Mirth" by Edith Warton which
21I spoke of at the farm. My little niece Lyndall Schreiner has just
22read it, & is as much impressed by it as I was. But novels do appeal
23in such very different ways to different persons.
25 I hope you are feeling fit & strong for battle. It is the squatters'
26bill that gets me on the raw.
28 Yours sincerely
29 Olive Schreiner
The book referred to is: Edith Wharton (1905) The House of Mirth New York: C. Scribner's Sons.