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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Dollie Radford MSC 26/2.10.1
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: March 1890 ; Before End: December 1892
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToDollie Radford nee Maitland
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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 has been approximately dated by reference to when Schreiner was resident in Matjesfontein at a point when Radford had young children. Schreiner was mainly resident in Matjesfontein from March 1890 to December 1892, with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere, including Cape Town.
1 My dear Dolly Radford
3 Thank you for your beautiful little poem to me. I only found it last
4night in bed, because the last leaves had stuck together. I thought
5how suddenly the last poem ended & then I turned the leaves & found it.
6 Thank you: your love & sympathy is so much to me because I have seen
7you; & you have always been one of the people I have wanted to know
8more of & for some reason have fancied did not feel drawn to me as I
9to you. Will you not send me your likeness. I would the old one with
10your first baby if you have not another good one.
12 Good bye Thank you, from my heart
14 Olive Schreiner
Dollie Radford was an established poet and although a number of her collections were published the particular poems referred to cannot be established.