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Letter ReferenceEdward Carpenter 359/69
ArchiveSheffield Archives, Archives & Local Studies, Sheffield
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date19 January 1894
Address FromTaung, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToEdward Carpenter
Other VersionsRive 1987: 230
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Legend
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. Schreiner has misdated this letter as 1893, although it is clearly 1894.
1 Taungs
2 Bechuanaland
3 Jan 19 / 93
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5 Dear Ed,
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7 I’m here nearly halfway up to the Zambezi. My sister is going up
8with her family, & she & her family are camped here for the rainy
9season.
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11 I am spending a few days here & then returning to then the colony.
12Yesterday, as I was sitting hear & watching the chickens running
13across the floor between the waggons, the thought struck me, "How E. C.
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would like to be here," & at the same time my brother-in-law to whom
15I gave your books broke out with the same idea. You must come some day,
16 dear old boy, there are quite a handful of people here who love you,
17especially Cron. Ed, perhaps I shall be married when you next hear
18from me. I’m beginning to feel more & more it’s what I must do, &
19Mrs unreadable
& now my health is so completely restored I feel as if
20I must.
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22 How is our dear old Max? It’s pouring with rain here, & yet this air
23is better for the lungs than England on a fine summers day. If ever I
24can I shall come up & live in this part of Africa.
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26 Goodbye, E. C. My love to all,
27 Olive
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Notation
Rive's (1987) version omits part of this letter and is also in a number of respects incorrect.