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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Ruth Alexander MSC 26/2.1.2
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date30 November 1910
Address FromPortlock, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape
Address To
Who ToRuth Alexander nee Schechter
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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.
1 c/o Haldane Murray E
2 Portlock
3 Nr Graaff-Reinet
4 Nov 30th 1910
6 Dear Ruth
8 The photo is splendid; only baby has not come out so well in it ?Esme
9is simply life-like, & I don't think you have a lovelier photograph of
10your dear old father. I do wish I could have seen your people. I
11suppose they have gone by this time.
13 I am getting so much better here. You'd hardly know me. It is so cool
14up here, we had frost two days ago!
16 I am going down into the town of Graaff Reinet this week to attend a
17large woman's suffrage meeting. I'm not going to speak, but they've
18asked me to be present. I will send you a report of the meeting.
20 I wish I could see you & have a long talk with you, darling Ruth. It
21will be very long before I see Cape Town again I think.
23 Good bye.
25 Thine ever
26 Olive Schreiner
28 ^Your picture is so sweet. You look like one of the Madonna's in Venice.
29 You'll never have a better taken.^