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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Katie Findlay MSC 26/2.14.7
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date5 April 1876
Address FromGanna Hoek, Halesowen, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToCatherine ('Katie') Findlay nee Schreiner
Other VersionsRive 1987: 20
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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.
1Ganna Hoek
2April 5th 1876
4My dear Katie!
6You owe me ever so many letters, but then I should have written long
7ago to thank you for the likeness of my dear little niece, which you
8sent me through Mamma.
10It is a very good one. Everyone who sees it admires it greatly. One
11friend of mine, Mrs Cawood, likes it so much, that she is always
12begging me to give it her.
14I hope you are all well, & that I shall soon have a long letter from
15you. It really is a terrible long time since I heard of, or from you.
17I am leaving my present situation in a few weeks time for another, & I
18think much better one.
20I dare say you remember Martain, who used to be the Dutch minister in
21Aliwal: He left the church on account of his liberal views & is now
22farming in the district. He offers me a much larger salary than I am
23getting here & I believe ^they^ are very nice people.
25When next you write, which I hope will be very soon address your
26letter just: Miss O Schreiner Cradock
28With much love for yourself & the dear little ones.
29I remain dear Katie
30Your very affecate sister
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.