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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Jessie Rose Innes MSC 26/2.6.3
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date25 December 1909
Address FromYork House, Muizenberg, 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 year has been written on the letter in an unknown hand.
1 c/o Dr. Purcell
2 York House
3 Muizenberg
5 Xmas Day.
7 Dear Jessie
9 It was a great disappointment to me to hear from Anna Purcell that you
10were going to be at Uitkyk this week. I had so hoped when I was better
11I would be able to come & see you again.
13 I am leaving for Matjesfontein on Wednesday as the Purcells are
14returning to Bergvleit on Friday, & will be busy packing Thursday. It
15does seem hard I havent been able to see anything of you. It may be
16the only chance I have for years. If I feel able I think I'll run in
17to Mrs Moffat's tomorrow (Sunday) & take my chance of finding you
18there. But I fear you may be staying somewhere else. I wish you could
19have come to our meeting; it was very interesting. We had over 60
20visitors that afternoon, & Mrs Alexander's speech was very good. She
21is a wonderful speaker. Cron has not come down for Xmas. He's been too
22busy. Do let me know when you pass Matjesfontein that I may have a
23peep at you.
25 I shall be staying in two little rooms by myself & doing my cooking on
26a spirit lamp as the hotel is closed or I'd beg you to try & come &
27spend a day with me on your way up. If I find the heat at
28Matjesfontein too much, I shall go on at the end of the month & stay
29with my friends the Haldane Murrays near Graaff-Reinet. It's terribly
30hard to find a cool place in summer in this country.
32 Good bye, dear.
34 I hope you're having a real good time. It was nice seeing you looking
35so young and well.
37 Thine ever
38 Olive