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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.24
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date23 November 1882
Address From7 St Margaret's Road, St Leonards, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 34
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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.
17 St. Margaret’s Road
2St. Leonards-on-Sea
4Nov. 23rd 1882.
6My dear Katie
8I was very glad to receive your letter, & to learn that you were all
9still well. I was wondering when I should hear from you again. I am
10now, as you see, at St. Leonards-on-Sea, having left London on account
11of the fogs. I have been here about two months, & find my health
12wonderfully better for the change. It is so nice being so close to
13Eastbourne. I was over there yesterday. All the dear ones are well,
14Wilfred growing such a big boy. He goes to a school now as weekly
15boarder, & is getting on splendidly.
17I have not yet seen the comet.
19I would be so glad if you could send me a copy of Fred’s poem. He
20has forgotten the words. I should really be so glad if you could copy
21them for me. I will send you some grass from Grandpapa’s grave when
22I go up to London which I hope will be in a month or two when the fogs
23are over.
25I must bring this scrawl to a close or this week’s post will be
26missed. Write to me soon, dear Katie
28I am,
29Your ever loving sister
32When is Katie to be married. Give her much love, & ask her to write to
33me. I had a letter from Mrs. Morgan (Nellie Burnet) yesterday, she &
34old Mrs. Burnet are in London again, but leave for the Cape on the 5th
35of December. A merry Xmas to you all. Much love to the little ones.
37^Emma's birthday is the February the 21st Wilfred’s is is June the
3810th. What are the dates of your children’s birthdays?^
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect. The poem by Schreiner's nephew Fred Findlay referred to cannot be traced.