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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.13
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date26 January 1879
Address FromRatel Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 23
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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.
1Ratel Hoek
2Jan. 26 / 79.
4My dear Katie,
6I have not heard from your for a very long time, but I hope you will
7not be sorry of a line from me.
9Dear Mamma is now staying with me. It is a great pleasure to have her
10with me, as you may fancy. You too must be very glad to have your dear
11little daughter – you must ask her to write to me sometimes when you
12have not time. I often wish that I could see you all once more.
14It is still very dry here, but we have had a little rain, & hope we
15shall have some more soon.
17I think Mama likes Ratel Hoek & Mr. & Mrs. Martain & all the children
18seem quite fond of her.
20If You must write to me soon dear Katie. I am always so glad of your
21letters, & if the boys are taken at Beaufort you must please send me
22their likenesses. I should like to see if they have grown or changed
23much. Have you not got an old likeness of yourself which you could
24send me dear Katie? I have not got one of any kind & would so much
25like to have one of my dear eldest sister.
27In haste with love to all. Believe me to remain dear Katie,
28Your affecte sister
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.