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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.11
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFriday 26 November 1920
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToJessie Rose Innes nee Dods Pringle
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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. A typed transcript only of this letter is available; the original cannot be traced. The date has been written on the letter in an unknown hand. Schreiner stayed with her niece Ursula Scott, her sister-in-law Fan Schreiner, and her friend Lucy Molteno, in Cape Town after her arrival from Britain on 30 August 1920, moving to a boarding-house in Wynberg in late October, where she was resident until her death on 11 December 1920.
1 Friday
3Dear Jessie
5 Just a word to tell you how I enjoyed my stay with you, & how much
6your kindness touched me. As one gets to the end of the journey one
7feels that nothing but love & fellowship matters. If I had known I
8would be so bad I would not have gone to you, but I thought I should
9be so well in your beautiful big house.
11 It wasn't the house that made me bad because I'm just the same here I
12have to sit up all night.
14 I did enjoy reading those Fortnightlys which Ive not seen since I came
15to Africa & so very very much meeting Mrs. Bowlas.
17 Goodbye
18 Olive