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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: John & Mary Brown MSC 26/2.2.6
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypePostcard
Letter Date14 February 1889
Address FromHotel du Parc, Mentone, France
Address To66 Bank Parade, Burnley, Lancashire
Who ToMary Brown nee Solomon
Other VersionsRive 1987: 148
PermissionsPlease read before using or citing this transcription
Legend
The Project is grateful to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner postcard, which is part of its Special Collections. The date of this postcard is provided by the postmark and the address it was sent to and the addressee are on its front.
1 I have almost given up writing letters at all now I'm so busy. I'm
2going to send you the Prelude to one of my stories to read soon,
3instead of a letter. I'm well & working so much that sometimes I
4forget I'm Olive Schreiner at all & wish anyone would tell me which of
5the characters I am. I wish you could see this blue sea & sky. Such
6joy & rest flow to me from them.
7
8 Yours
9 Olive
10
11 Hotel du Parc, Mentone
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Notation
The 'Prelude' is in From Man to Man. Rive's (1987) version of this postcard has been misdated, omits part of the message and is also in a number of respects incorrect.