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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/48
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: October 1889 ; Before End: March 1890
Address FromCape Town, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
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The Project is grateful to the Sheffield Archives, Sheffield Libraries, Archives and Information Services, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Archive Collections. On returning to South Africa in October 1889, Schreiner stayed mainly in the Mount Vernon house belonging to her brother Will and his wife Fan until she removed to Matjesfontein in March 1890, with some short visits elsewhere.
1 Cape Town
3 Dear Ed,
5 I expect you are all at Abbottsholm. Just a word because I want to
6communicate with you but I’m too stupid to write. It’s better here
7than I could have dreamed. I am going out to Vischhoek tomorrow.
8Address Vischhoek, Somerset West, Hotten-tots Holland, Cape of Good
9Hope. I’m going to have a "house" with only one little room bedroom
10& sitting room all in one.
12 This land is too beautiful. You must see it some day.
14 Olive
16 ^Give my love to George^