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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.17
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date27 January 1880
Address FromLily Kloof, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 25
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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.
1Lily Kloof
2Jan. 27 / 80
3
4My dear Katie
5
6Many thanks for your letter & likenesses. It is very nice to be able
7to look at my dear sister’s face sometimes.
8
9Thanks also for the two pretty cards you sent me. It is long since I
10last wrote to you but I have been sick, & have also been down for a
11little visit to Mamma. She was not looking very well when I left, & it
12was very hard to say goodbye to her. I wish you could pay her a visit
13some day, or that she could go to spend a week or two with you. What a
14long way we all are from each other. Aren’t we?
15
16I am very glad to hear that your boys are doing so well at Cape Town,
17& that the little ones at home are all well. I hope it will not be
18long before I hear from you again.
19
20We are having very heavy rains here: all the bridges & roads are
21injured by the last storm.
22
23The farm is looking very pretty & green, but we have very little fruit
24here & no flowers.
25
26If the boys have their likenesses taken in Town don’t forget me.
27
28With love to all,
29I am ever, dear Katie,
30Your loving sister,
31Olive
32
Notation
Rive's (1987) version has been misdated, omits part of the letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.